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Rahul Gandhi thanks SPG for 'working tirelessly' to protect Gandhi family for years as Centre withdraws security

Hours after the Centre withdrew the Special Protection Group (SPG) cover to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the former party chief thanked the SPG personnel for working tirelessly to protect him and his family members. 

Rahul Gandhi thanks SPG for 'working tirelessly' to protect Gandhi family for years as Centre withdraws security
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New Delhi: Hours after the Centre withdrew the Special Protection Group (SPG) cover to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the former party chief thanked the SPG personnel for working tirelessly to protect him and his family members. 

Taking to Twitter, Rahul wrote, "A big thank you to all my brothers and sisters in the SPG, who worked tirelessly to protect me and my family over the years. Thank you for your dedication, your constant support and for a journey filled with affection and learning. It has been a privilege. All the best for a great future."  

The decision to withdraw the SPG security from the Gandhi family was taken by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) after reviewing their security cover. As per the new rule, the government has now decided to accord them with Z plus security. 

The CRPF personnel will now guard the members of the Gandhi family. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the only person, who will be under the SPG protection.

After the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, the SPG Act was amended to provide security to former Prime Ministers and their immediate families for a period of 10 years from the date on which the former Prime Minister ceased to hold the office.

(With Agency inputs)