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Govt rules out SPG security for Narendra Modi

PTI | Last Updated: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 20:57

Manesar: Government Tuesday ruled out providing SPG security to Narendra Modi saying BJP`s Prime Ministerial candidate does not need it.

"Narendra Modi has been given sufficient security. He does not need the SPG security," Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told reporters here on the sidelines of a function here.

He was replying to a question whether the Centre was considering providing the Special Protection Group security to the Gujarat Chief Minister.
Modi has been accorded Z-plus security with round-the- clock protection by elite National Security Guard commandos.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had yesterday demanded SPG protection for the party`s Prime Ministerial candidate after his rally in Patna was rocked with a series of explosions on Sunday.

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 fortchcoming elections in 2014."

According to the SPG Act, the specialised commando force is mandated to provide proximate security to the Prime Minister and former Prime Minister of India and members of their immediate families.

First Published: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 20:57

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