GUWAHATI, Nov 10 - Leader of the Opposition in the Assam Legislative Assembly Debabrata Saikia has condemned the Centre�s decision to withdraw the SPG security cover of Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and replace it with �Z-plus� security cover manned by CRPF personnel.
�This act has exposed afresh the vindictive nature of the Modi government. This government is unacquainted with the decorum of parliamentary democracy. Irrational antipathy towards the Gandhi family seems to have made the Modi government forget the fact that two members of the family, former prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, were brutally assassinated in the past,� said Saikia, who is also the Leader of the State Congress Legislature Party (CLP).
He said the practice of providing SPG security cover to prime ministers and former prime ministers along with their families, was started as a result of Indira Gandhi�s assassination.
�However, the vindictive Modi government first withdrew the SPG security cover of former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and has now withdrawn the SPG security cover of members of the Gandhi family. I firmly believe that the people of India will give a befitting reply to such acts at the opportune time,� said Saikia.