Govt. may strip Robert Vadra of special status

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  1. sly

    sly Regular Member

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    With the Gandhi family out of power, son-in-law Robert Vadra may lose his exalted exempt-from-frisking-at-airports status.

    After taking over as aviation minister of Friday, Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati said that "security should be meaningful not ornamental" in reference to Vadra who is the only individual named in the list of dignitaries exempt from security checks at airports. All others on that list are high constitutional positions with Vadra being the only individual.

    "It is for the home ministry to see the threat perception of individuals. But generally, by and large, Indians should go through security checks," Raju said.

    The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security has 30 positions on the exempt list which begins with the President of India and goes upto special protection group protectees. The only individual listed in that list (on number 31) is Robert Vadra, Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law.

    Last week, the Air Passengers' Association of India had written to aviation secretary Ashok Lavasa why was Vadra getting this special privilege that is reserved for Constitutional authorities only. The list of exempt people is displayed prominently at all airports and the inclusion of Vadra's name in it led to many people writing to the Association, asking it to take up the matter with the government.

    New govt may strip Robert Vadra of special status - The Times of India
     
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    Vishwarupa Senior Member Senior Member

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    Priyanka Gandhi seeks withdrawal of special security for family at airports | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

    Priyanka Gandhi on Friday asked the SPG to withdraw the exemption given to her and her family from normal security checks in the airports, a plea that comes in the wake of reports that government is considering cancellation of such a facility to her husband Robert Vadra.

    In a letter to the SPG chief Durga Prasad, she referred to media reports of possible removal of her husband Robert Vadra's name from the list of security protectees exempt from security checks at the airport and said she would appreciate if it is done at the earliest.

    Priyanka said Vadra's inclusion on that list came about at the instance of previous SPG chiefs and Delhi Police and not upon any request by "either of us who were informed after the fact".

    Vadra was under repeated attack from Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders during the recent election campaign besides the barbs targeting Priyanka besides Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

    "Since the government is now reportedly considering the removal of his name, I would like to inform you that I do not feel it will be correct for my children and me to avail of the facility of exemption of these checks while entering or exiting the airport when we are all travelling together.

    "It is only right for us to go through the normal channel at the airport and be frisked etc. as per normal procedure at such times as you will appreciate that it makes no sense for a family travelling together to fall under different categories of exemption," Priyanka said.

    She recalled that the facility for Vadra was done ostensibly to facilitate the coordination of the two separate security agencies at the airport when they travelled together.

    "Ever since then, it has been a source of constant embarrassment for my husband who has asked me on numerous occasions to have it removed as, in any case, he goes through the full security check and procedure from the normal channel every time he is traveling on his own.

    "I had verbally conveyed this to the previous Director and the AIG, SPG, in charge of my security detail on a number of occasions but no action was ever taken on it," Gandhi said.

    She said since the government is now reportedly considering the removal of his (Vadra's) name, "I would like to inform you that I do not feel it will be correct for my children and me to avail of the facility of exemption of these checks while entering or exiting the airport when we are all travelling together.

    "It is only right for us to go through the normal channel at the airport and be frisked etc as per normal procedure at such times as you will appreciate that it makes no sense for a family traveling together to fall under different categories of exemption."

    Gandhi said she would appreciate if the SPG could put this into practice as soon as the government order canceling her husband's exemption comes into force.

    "I would also request you to ensure that when we are entering or exiting the boarding gates there is no disturbance to other passengers and that my security detail behaves in a manner that is discreet and strictly unobtrusive," she said adding "Thank you for your co-operation and understanding."

    When is Mr Vadra returning 20000cr land back to India?
     
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    May??Must!!! Who the heck is he to have that privilege?Hope modi sarkar takes action against this "national damad"
     
  5. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Sooner the better.

    Priyanka Vadra's letter to the SPG is another bogus ploy for sentimental mush.

    If she can't think of her husband to be a commoner, and pretends mushily that if Vadra's SPG protection goes, then hers should also go.

    So be it.

    The Govt should clearly state that she has it, and not her silly husband. And if she can't do without a minute separation from that oaf in the airport, then she should also give in writing that she is ready to face the consequences of not having protection.

    In fact, whenever the Gandhi Nehrus travel, they should be put in an armoured cargo contained and lifted into the aircraft by a crane.

    Nothing could be more safe since they would be taken to be merely cargo, which in actuality they are, being a burden to society past their expiry date so to say in terms of political importance to the destiny of India.and so no terrorist will care. However, it will depend on the call of the security agencies since they will know more.

    India is tired of the deifying the Nehru Gandhis. if India wants to deify them, put them in a Museum.
     
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    jackprince Turning into a frog Senior Member

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    Why sould the gandhis have the SPG protection at all? If they require security, the cops or at most the NSG should provide it like any other MPs.

    Servility at best.
     
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    That is if she meant it.

    It is a sob story and she is good at tear wrenching stuff.
     
  8. Yes, It is indeed interesting that her conscience wakes up only after the new government decides to do away with these vulgarly irrational privileges,

    I can only imagine it must have been really tough for her get her wish during Congress's regime , hence she has to resort to pleading her case with BJP government,
     
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    Out of topic, one question that is still out of my reach is how Priyanka Gandhi ended up marrying Robert Vadra? I mean what drew her to him?

    On topic, Robert Vadra is no minister(well he is atmost a chela and helper of a minister) and does not hold any post of GOI. He should definitely not get any special privileges at the airports of India. If he gets these privileges every commoner should also get them. The Congress takes pride in its motto of equality. Seems that "equality" is not applicable for the Gandhi family. The statement that "all men are born equal but some are more equal than others" seems quite apt here.
     

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