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SPG (Amendment) Bill passed in Rajya Sabha; no vendetta against Gandhis, says Amit Shah

SPG (Amendment) Bill passed in Rajya Sabha; no vendetta against Gandhis, says Amit Shah

New Delhi: The Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed in Rajya Sabha Tuesday even as the Opposition led by Congress staged a walkout, terming the Bill as driven by political vendetta against the Gandhis. Home Minister Amit Shah said the Bill was not brought keeping in mind the Gandhi family and that even current Prime Minister Narendra Modi's security under SPG would be removed if he does not return to power after five years. He also chided the Congress for showing no protest when SPG security cover of Manmohan Singh and other non-Gandhi families was withdrawn.

On the security breach at Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's house, Amit Shah said a high-level inquiry has been ordered into it and three personnel have been suspended.

Meanwhile, the BJP MPs Tuesday asked for an apology from Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury over his description of Prime Minister Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah as "infiltrators" and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as "Nirbala".

Other Bills that will be discussed in Rajya Sabha are — the Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill, 2019 and the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Recognition of Property Rights of Residents in Unauthorised Colonies) Bill, 2019.

(Inputs from The Indian Express)

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