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    New Delhi (Sputnik): The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs had passed legislation in Parliament revoking Special Protection Group security cover (SPG) for the politically powerful Gandhi family. SPG is high-security cover provided to prime ministers, former prime ministers and their family members.

    A video of man breaching Congress Party politician Priyanka Gandhi’s security to meet her while she was taking part in an event marking 135th Foundation Day of the political party in Lucknow of India’s Uttar Pradesh has surfaced on social media.

    ​In the video, the man can be seen rushing towards the female politician while her safety personnel come to her rescue. The Congress leader can be seen asking her security staff to step back and allow the man to speak to her.

    Other prominent members of the party and former ministers can be seen taking part in the conversation between Priyanka and the man.

    The Gandhi scion listens to him patiently after which the man returns to the audience seating space after shaking hands with her.

    This is not the first time that Priyanka's security has been breached. Last month, a few unknown people barged into the Congress leader’s Lodhi estate asking for selfies.

    ​Meanwhile, the Gandhi family has deemed the Indian government’s decision to amend SPG legislation – stipulating the withdrawal of the high-security cover from former prime ministers and their family members – a political move.

    Indian Home Minister Amit Shah has denied the allegation in Parliament saying the amendment is to make the SPG legislation more effective to ensure the safety of the PM.

    The Gandhi family has given India three prime ministers – India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Nehru's daughter and Rajiv Gandhi, Nehru's grandson.

    Both Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were assassinated while in office.

    Priyanka Gandhi and former Congress president Rahul Gandhi are the offspring of Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi – interim Congress president.


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