Chief of BJP's IT cell Amit Malviya while speaking to Republic TV has reacted to the significant development regarding the Gandhi family losing their SPG security cover, as part of security rejig that will see the Special Protection Group only providing cover to the sitting Prime Minister and President. Speaking on this, Malviya said, "Security for all office bearers is reviewed from time to time and depending on the threat perception the government has. There is nothing unusual in this particular case."
Malviya said, "As far as Gandhis are concerned, Rahul Gandhi routinely dumps the security when he goes abroad and he goes abroad quite often. Priyanka Vadra has been on record saying that she does not need it and none of the other members has been in any public office for a very long time. So Mr Deve Gowda, who is the former Prime Minister does not have the SPG or neither does his family nor Dr Manmohan Singh or his family, then I do not see any reason why it should not be extended to the Gandhis as they are no exception." The BJP IT cell head added, "They have still been given Z+ security which is quite adequate, which the Home Minister of India also has and the other high ranking officials so.In that sense, it has perhaps been reviewed in light of the information."
As per inputs on the development, the change is likely to be implemented as part of an amendment in the SPG Act which will be brought in Parliament. In-principle approval for the changes was given in a meeting of the MHA last month, sources added. The Gandhi family is likely to be given Z+ security by the CRPF following this. Earlier, in August, MHA decided that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will get CRPF protection and his SPG security cover will be withdrawn, something that Amit Malviya also spoke about.