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Priyanka Gandhi seeks withdrawal of airport privileges to her family

LiveMint logoLiveMint 30-05-2014 PTI

New Delhi: Priyanka Gandhi on Friday asked the Special Protection Group (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.

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