After Days of Heated Debate, Parliament Passes SPG Bill

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The Rajya Sabha passed the highly debated SPG (Special Protection Group) Bill on Tuesday. The Bill states that SPG, a specialized group of 3,500, will only protect the Prime Minister of the country. Opposition parties opposed the bill and termed it vindictive as SPG protection of the Gandhi family was replaced by Z+ security provided by CRPF personnel.

The Union Home Minister answered all queries and clarified on all allegations over the introduction of Bill in the Rajya Sabha. He clarified that the protection of the Gandhi family was replaced only after a threat assessment by Intelligence agencies. He also lashed out at previous governments for amending the SPG Bill to favor one family and making SPG a status symbol.

It’s not true that we’ve brought the SPG Bill by keeping only Gandhi family in mind. Security from Gandhis was withdrawn after the threat assessment analysis even before bringing this bill,” Amit Shah said in the Upper House of Parliament.

This is the 5th amendment in the SPG Act. This amendment is not brought in by keeping Gandhis in mind, but, one thing that I can say for sure is that the previous 4 amendments were done by keeping only one family in mind,” the Home Minister further added.

Security cannot be made a status symbol. Why demand only SPG? SPG cover is meant for only the ‘head of the state’; we cannot be giving it to everyone. We don’t oppose one family, we are against dynasty politics,” Mr. Shah asserted on the importance of SPG.

CPI (M) ko toh haq hi nahi hai ye kehne ka ki political vendetta se sarkaar chal rahi hai, aapne isi political vendetta se Kerala mein 120 BJP karyakarta maar diye gaye,” said the Home Minister on remarks made by CPI (M) leaders in Rajya Sabha.

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