Centre seeks explanation from UP on Rahul’s ‘security breach’

New Delhi, January 14 (PTI): The Centre has taken up with the Uttar Pradesh government the issue of “security breach” during Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s recent visit to Allahabad and asked it to explain the reasons behind such incidents occurring very often in the state. The Central government has written to the Uttar Pradesh government, asking it to send a report on the incident which took place on Monday when activists of Samajwadi Party’s youth wing tried to stop Mr. Gandhi’s car and clamber on to the vehicle raising black flags.
Sources said prima facie it looks like the local police personnel, who were deployed along Mr. Gandhi’s travel route, “failed” to control the protesters who tried to stop the car. The Centre asked the State government to explain why similar incidents often take place whenever an SPG protectee travels to Uttar Pradesh and if there is any issue of lack of coordination between the SPG and local police, they said. The SPG has duly informed the local police about the travel plan of the Congress leader, sources said.
The incident took place when Mr. Gandhi was on his way to Anand Bhavan, the ancestral house of the Nehru-Gandhis, for overnight stay after an interaction at engineering institute MNNIT. As Mr. Gandhi’s motorcade approached Anand Bhavan, a group of SP youth wing activists, waving black flags and shouting slogans against the leader, jumped in front of his vehicle. Some of the protesters came dangerously close to Mr. Gandhi’s car before they were repulsed by the SPG personnel guarding the Congress general secretary.
Deputy Inspector General of Police, Allahabad, Ram Kumar, however, termed the reports of security breach as “absolutely untrue.” “These reports are absolutely untrue. We have received no complaints in this regard from the SPG team which has been camping in the city for the past couple of days. We have been working in close coordination with it,” he had said. Security arrangements for Mr. Gandhi, who visits Uttar Pradesh frequently, has often been a cause for spat between the Centre and the State government which had accused the former of not sharing enough inputs with the local police during the leader’s tours.
SP trying to murder Rahul: Amar Singh
New Delhi, January 14 (PTI): Expelled Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh on Friday accused his former party of carrying out what he called a "murderous attack" on Rahul Gandhi during the young Congress leader's recent visit to Uttar Pradesh. In his latest blog, Amar Singh has made apparent references to Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav and his bete noire Azam Khan and given vent to his ire against the two without naming them. Amar Singh has accused them and the party of using and then discarding him when the purpose was served.
"Sometimes black balloons are hurled at the vehicle of a popular actress (Jaya Prada) of the country, and sometimes a murderous attack is made on Rahul Gandhi while he is going silently to the university complex for a lecture; this is undignified politics," Amar Singh wrote on his blog. Activists of SP's youth wing, protesting against Congress-led UPA's "failure" to restore students' union in Allahabad University, had clambered up his car in a security breach on Monday. Though making several accusations against Mulayam Singh on his blog, the former SP leader has not named him.
The former SP general secretary also takes digs at Mulayam Singh Yadav for associating with an MLA (apparent reference to Amar Mani Tripathi) who makes a woman pregnant and murders her when he changes parties to make him chief minister. He accuses Mulayam Singh of later calling the incident a "small incident". "To save the slipping votebase and to return to the limelight a former senior leader (reference to himself) becomes a middleman," Amar Singh alleged.