New Delhi, April 22: After Rahul Gandhi, now his brother-in-law Robert Vadra made headlines in the country. Vadra, whose recently has been removed from a list of passengers who are exempt from frisking before flying, lashed out at the Narendra Modi government at the centre over the same reason.
Writing about Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju's comments on special privileges for "VIPs" at airports, Vadra termed Modi government's decision as "hypocrisy of the highest limits."
Vadra's comment on social networking site Facebook came following the comment of Raju who recently in Lok Sabha said that no proposal has been made so far to curtail "VIP privileges" given to ministers and MPs at airports.
The special privileges for ministers, MPs, MLAs at airports include -- a reserved lounge, free water and hot beverages. These facilities to these "VIPs" are provided at the taxpayers' cost.
Such cultures created controversy across the country and commenting on the debate, the Civil Aviation Minister claimed that these were not privileges, "but courtesies."
Now, Vadra criticised the comment and said, "Since not protected by the SPG, thus my children and I have always travelled like ordinary passengers, following all Rules and Norms of security checks, from removing of Coats, Belts, clearing bags, etc., like we would follow at any airport, world over."
Watched on electronic media discussions again about my Name on a list for special privileges at Airports in India.
I am glad that this formality has been removed, as this was created without my consent, by the security agencies, only to be followed when I would be traveling with SPG protectees. My existing security are not allowed inside Airports.
Since not protected by the SPG, thus my children and I have always travelled like ordinary passengers, following all Rules and Norms of security checks, from removing of Coats, Belts, clearing bags, etc., like we would follow at any airport, world over.
Cameras at every airport, is proof to the information given above and many passengers have mentioned this ( on Twitter ) contradicting to the so called privilege that I claim to use.
But the same Minister and So called (important people in the ruling government) clearly admit of breaking all security norms and talk of complete entitlement, of all privileges.
Hypocrisy of the highest limits.
Vadra's statement surfaced at a time when the media was busy covering Rahul Gandhi's movements in the national capital. Rahul, who recently returned from his 2-month-long sabbatical, impressed many with his speech at the Lok Sabha on Monday, April 20.
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