Priyanka’s plea has come amid reports that Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre is considering cancellation of such a facility to her husband Robert Vadra.
    
In a letter to SPG chief Durga Prasad, which was also posted by senior Congress leader Ajay Maken on his official Twitter account, she referred to media reports of possible removal of her husband’s name from the list of those exempted from security checks at the airport and said that she would appreciate if it is done at the earliest.
     
Priyanka said that Vadra's inclusion in that list came about at the insistence of previous SPG chiefs and Delhi Police and not upon any request by ‘either of us who were informed after the fact’.

Vadra was under repeated attack from Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders during the recent election campaign besides the barbs targeting Priyanka along with Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
    
"Since the government is now reportedly considering the removal of his 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,” Priyanka wrote in the letter.
    
"It is only right for us to go through the normal channel at the airport and be frisked etc. as per normal procedure at such times as you will appreciate that it makes no sense for a family travelling together to fall under different categories of exemption," she added.
      
She recalled that the facility for Vadra was done ostensibly to facilitate the coordination of the two separate security agencies at the airport when they travelled together.
    
"Ever since then, it has been a source of constant embarrassment for my husband who has asked me on numerous occasions to have it removed as, in any case, he goes through the full security check and procedure from the normal channel every time he is traveling on his own,” said Priyanka.
      

"I had verbally conveyed this to the previous Director and the A.I.G., S.P.G., in charge of my security detail on a number of occasions but no action was ever taken on it," she added.

Stating that since the government is now reportedly considering the removal of her husband’s name, she said: "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.”
       
"It is only right for us to go through the normal channel at the airport and be frisked etc as per normal procedure at such times as you will appreciate that it makes no sense for a family traveling together to fall under different categories of exemption,” Priyanka mentioned in the letter.
    
Priyanka also said that she would appreciate if the SPG could put this into practice as soon as the government orders cancelling her husband's exemption comes into force.
      
"I would also request you to ensure that when we are entering or exiting the boarding gates there is no disturbance to other passengers and that my security detail behaves in a manner that is discreet and strictly unobtrusive," Priyanka said.

"Thank you for your co-operation and understanding,” she added.

 

(JPN/Agencies)

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