1. Office of Rahul Gandhi says cars given to Congress VP ‘suffocating’, home ministry official refutes

Office of Rahul Gandhi says cars given to Congress VP ‘suffocating’, home ministry official refutes

A close aide of Rahul Gandhi had conveyed to the government that the armoured vehicles provided to the Congress vice president were "suffocating" and a "health hazard", a claim rejected today by the Union Home Ministry. +

By: | New Delhi | Updated: August 8, 2017 10:22 PM
Rahul Gandhi (Reuters)

A close aide of Rahul Gandhi had conveyed to the government that the armoured vehicles provided to the Congress vice president were “suffocating” and a “health hazard”, a claim rejected today by the Union Home Ministry. In a letter to the director of the Special Protection Group (SPG), Vivek Srivastava, the aide Kaushal Kishore Vidyarthee conveyed the Congress leader’s reservation in using Tata Safari armoured vehicle assigned to him while travelling in the country. In the letter, sent on April 28, 2016, Vidyarthee said the current fleet of armoured cars have no proper or adequate circulation/ ventilation or air in the passenger compartment. “To be specific, windows of the armoured cars do not retract beyond a few centimetres making it impossible for the protectee (Rahul) to meet and greet party workers while in the car. Further long car journeys in a suffocating vehicle with less than recommended or acceptable levels of oxygen itself are a health hazard for the protectee,” it said. However, a home ministry official refuted the claims, saying Rahul is provided with Tata Safari armoured vehicle, which is also used by top ministers like home minister Rajnath Singh and finance minister Arun Jaitley. The Tata Safari armoured vehicle is also used by many Z- plus category protectee and is considered to be safe and comfortable, the official said on condition of anonymity. Earlier, the home minister said in Parliament that in the past two years, Rahul had carried out 121 planned and unplanned tours and he did not use the bullet proof car on 100 occasions. Singh also said Rahul went on foreign tours and informed the SPG at the eleventh hour, creating problems for it to provide proper security.

However, a home ministry official refuted the claims, saying Rahul is provided with Tata Safari armoured vehicle, which is also used by top ministers like home minister Rajnath Singh and finance minister Arun Jaitley. The Tata Safari armoured vehicle is also used by many Z- plus category protectee and is considered to be safe and comfortable, the official said on condition of anonymity. Earlier, the home minister said in Parliament that in the past two years, Rahul had carried out 121 planned and unplanned tours and he did not use the bullet proof car on 100 occasions. Singh also said Rahul went on foreign tours and informed the SPG at the eleventh hour, creating problems for it to provide proper security.

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  1. RG
    Aug 9, 2017 at 3:00 am
    It is more suffocating that standing in line for 4000 rs, eating with dalits or katiya rally :-) This shows the care of poor, having no understanding of what and how people suffered under congress rule.The widespread corruption, discrediting the minds and ins utions of the country. Making them do as per the whim and fancies of elected representative, now started complaining about on a slightest taste of your own medicine.
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