What is Rahul trying to hide when he does not take SPG along, asks Rajnath

New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh shot an uncomfortable qustion in the House aimed at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, "We want to know what is Rahul Gandhi trying to hide by not taking SPG along on foreign tours when he is a SPG protectee. This is not only a violation of SPG Act but being negligent to safety issues as well.

"We want to know where did he go? Why didn't he take SPG cover," Singh continued his scathing attack. In the last two years, Rahul Gandhi was out for 72 days on 6 foreign tours, but didn't take SPG cover, alleges the Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Not just this, said the HM, Rahul did not listen to the area police or SPG officials but only his Personal secretary.

To HM's remark veteran Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said, " Is Gujarat being attacked by terrorists; or had the BJP workers turned into terrorists and had plans to attack Rahul Gandhi? 

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi had violated the security protocol during his visit to Gujarat last week when he was attacked with a stone, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday.

Rajnath Singh told the Lok Sabha that Gujarat Police was informed about Gandhi's visit two days before he travelled to the state.

"Rahul Gandhi is under SPG protection. The state police had made adequate arrangement for the visit. He was even provided a bullet-proof car. But he opted for a non-bullet proof vehicle. He should have listened to the advice of security personnel. But he did not," he said.

The minister said some unknown person threw a stone at Gandhi's car and the incident would not have occurred had the Congress leader used the vehicle the police had provided.

The matter came up in the Lok Sabha after Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge raised the issue of the "potentially fatal" attack on Gandhi in Gujarat on August 4.

Kharge said the government was saying terrorists were throwing stones in Kashmir and asked "which terrorist threw stones in Gujarat". 

Congress members shouted slogans even as the Minister said the accused had been arrested and further probe was on. 

The din forced Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to adjourn the House for half hour at 11.30 am.

News24Bureau with Agencies