New Delhi: No matter how much Congress scion Rahul Gandhi’s surprise visits to different states have irked non-Congress ruling governments, but they have no other choice than to sit and watch his political adventures. Notably, the Congress General Secretary, who is an MP from Amethi, is known for his surprise visits and last minute changes in his programmes.

Notably, the Congress General Secretary, who is an MP from Amethi, is known for his surprise visits and last minute changes in his programmes.

Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh governments have complaints about his visit to state without giving prior information and breaching security cordons. However, they cannot do much about it because Gandhi, who is entitled to Special Protection Group (SPG) cover under certain circumstances, does not fall under any protocol.

Evidently, the law provides SPG cover only to a Prime Minister or a former PM. Taking advantage of the fact that there is no protocol for parliamentarians, Gandhi pays visit to any state at his desired time.

Though, SPG claims that it always maintains caution during the MP’s visit to any state.

Informing about the rules, senior officials admitted that in an ideal situation, state administration must be informed about the dignitaries, who get SPG or National Security Guard (NSG) cover, visiting their state. But, the law books have no special provision regarding the information on the SPG cover in this aspect.

“Under protocol, only the PM and former PM have the provision to get SPG. In that case prior information is provided to the states. Before his visit SPG prepares a three-tier security cover. The first and second round security is looked after by SPG and the last shield is taken care of by the local police”, sources said.

However, sources claimed that as Gandhi is an MP, it is not necessary for the SPG to provide his arrival information to any state.

On the question that why negligent attitude is adopted during Gandhi’s visit, they elaborated that generally such security measures are adopted for him too but he is in a habit of breaching his safety cordons. Therefore, prior to his visit, SPG survey’s the region and keeps itself prepared for any situation.

Giving example of Bhatta-Parsaul, they claimed that changes in the venue were done beforehand to ensure the safety of the Congress leader.

On being asked whether SPG is following Gandhi’s political agenda, officials replied that their work is to provide security to politicians and not to indulge into political activities.

JPN/Bureau