Narendra Modi's wife, mother join secured elite club of Sonia, Priyanka Gandhi
With the latest announcement on Friday, May 23, both Hiraben and Jashodaben's names have been added to the list which has so far been enlightened with names such as Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi. The Special Protection Group (SPG) security is being given to outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
News agency IANS quoted one official as saying, "Modi's mother Hiraben and wife Jashodaben will also be provided SPG security. But his three brothers and two sisters will be get Z-category security, provided by the state police."
Modi's mother Hiraben and wife Jashodaben will also be provided SPG security
Modi's wife and mother as well as his brothers and sisters live in Gujarat. Modi and his wife live separately. Sources said SPG commandos have already been sent to Gujarat to assess security requirements for guarding his mother and wife.
The state police have also been directed to assess the security of his brothers and sisters and then accordingly provide them security, officials said.
His elder brother, Soma, is a retired health department official, who now runs an old age home in Ahmedabad. Modi is next in the line. The third one, Prahlad, owns a shop in Ahmedabad, while the fourth one Pankaj is a clerk in the Information Department of Gujarat government in Gandhinagar.
Modi's mother stays with Soma, while his wife, a retired school teacher, lives in Rajosana village in Banaskantha district in Palanpur.
According to the SPG Act, India's Prime Minister and members of his immediate family are provided security cover by the elite commando group who are specially trained in VIP security.
Another SPG official said that Modi faces major threat to his life and around 1,000 Black Cat commandos will be deployed at Modi's official residence at 7, Race Course, his office in South Block after he takes oath May 26.
(With agency inputs)