Rahul Gandhi on Saturday while interacting with academics and teachers commented that “The SPG Chief appointed by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had to quit because he refused to accept a list of SPG officers handpicked by the RSS”.
Mr. Gandhi claimed that institutions such as the Supreme Court and Election Commission were being systematically captured by the RSS as they have realised that they cannot win elections repeatedly.
He mentioned that India cannot be run on one single idea. Adding to this, he also stated that “the autonomy of educational institutions and freedom of teachers would be restored if the Congress returns to power at the Center”.
Rahul Gandhi had accused the RSS of “systematically capturing” institutions such as the Supreme Court and the Election Commission.https://t.co/M64dahyigD
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Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) today verified that, “the officer in question, Shri Vivek Srivastava, former Director, Special Protection Group (SPG), has specifically averred that he did not have any such conversation with Shri Rahul Gandhi at any point of time. The officer has stated that as a part of his professional duties he interacted with SPG protectees; however, he has categorically stated that during his interaction with Shri Gandhi, there was no talk whatsoever regarding the appointment of a new Director, or the reasons for his leaving SPG.”
Replying to this, MHA claimed that comment by Rahul Gandhi flowing through the media is baseless and devoid of fact. It said, “SPG is a professional organisation which takes its task of protecting serving Prime Ministers, former Prime Ministers and their families entrusted to its security, very seriously and in the highest professional spirit.”