"Narendra Modi has been given sufficient security. He does not need the SPG security," Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said. (Agencies)
He was replying to a question whether the Centre was considering providing the Special Protection Group (SPG) security to the Gujarat Chief Minister.
Modi has been accorded Z-plus security with round-the-clock protection by elite National Security Guard (NSG) commandos.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had on Monday demanded SPG protection for the party's prime ministerial candidate after his rally in Patna was rocked with a series of explosions on October 27.
Swamy urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to amend the SPG Act to extend its security cover to ‘principal candidates for the post of Prime Minister in the forthcoming general elections in 2014.’
According to the SPG Act, the specialized commando force is mandated to provide proximate security to the Prime Minister and former Prime Minister of India and members of their immediate families.
"Narendra Modi has been given sufficient security. He does not need the SPG security," Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said.