New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday gave a suspension of business notice in the Rajya Sabha over withdrawal of special protection group (SPG) cover of “certain persons".
While Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu did not allow business to be suspended, the party raised the issue on the floor of the House during Zero Hour.
Congress' opposition stems from the home ministry's decision to withdraw SPG cover of all members of the Gandhi family, and former prime minister Manmohan Singh.
"The withdrawal of SPG cover makes all of them vulnerable to security threats. I am not making a political point but during United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, we did not withdraw or curtail any protectee from security," Anand Sharma, senior Congress member and deputy leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha, said during Zero Hour.
Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad said the security cover should not be withdrawn on the basis of political affiliations.
Countering the Congress' claims, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy said 'special privileges' should not define security cover.
BJP working president J P Nadda said, "There is nothing political about this. Security cover is decided by home ministry and not on the basis of political considerations."
Senior Congress leaders feel the government has no reason to withdraw the cover and the party plans to raise this issue actively in Parliament. During the discussion on Wednesday, Singh was present in the Rajya Sabha.