Priyanka wants no privilege
Priyanka Gandhi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi's daughter, has urged Indian government to withdraw her family's security check exemptions at airports, a request that comes in the wake of media reports that the government may take her husband Robert Vadra off the no-frisk protocol that he enjoys as part of the Gandhi family.
Priyanka wrote a letter to the chief of elite Special Protection Group (SPG), saying "since the government is now reportedly considering the removal of his (Vadra) 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."
Being a member of Gandhi family which is entitled to SPG, Robert Vadra is given some of the security covers. However, the privilege is only when he is travelling with the family and he has to undergo normal checks when he travels alone.
While stressing that the privilege to Vadra was imposed by police, Priyanka said it had become a source of constant embarrassment for her husband who had repeatedly asked her to get it withdrawn.
"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," she said.
She also requested the SPG chief that her security detail at airports be discreet and unobtrusive. "Request you to ensure that when we are entering or exiting boarding gates, there is no disturbance to passengers ... Request security detail to behave in a manner that is discreet and strictly unobtrusive," the letter said.
Priyanka wrote that she, her children and her husband be treated like ordinary travellers at the airport security clearance.