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Issue No.: 575 | May 2015
 

The Missing VIP

Ashok Karnik
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Rahul Gandhi is missing for long is he on a holiday or doing introspection, or spending time with his girl friend? ....It is to the credit of both the SPG and the Government that neither leaked out Rahul Gandhi’s whereabouts.
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Rahul Gandhi is missing for long: is he on a holiday or doing introspection, or spending time with his girl friend? Worse speculations are doing the rounds, all due to the refusal to be candid. The BJP has taunted the Congress to find it s own leader instead of finding fault with the BJP. By the time this is published, Rahul would have resurfaced and his presence or absence would have made no difference to anybody. The point is different: It is that the Government must have known where Rahul was all along as he is an SPG protectee. The Special Protection Group (SPG) which protects the families of present and past Prime Ministers must have sent its officers to provide security to Rahul and the Government must have sanctioned the officers’ journey and expenses. SPG cannot function without Government’s knowledge. Rahul Gandhi’s whereabouts could not be as great a secret as made out but was a matter of privacy. He was and is entitled to it if he did not aspire for national leadership.
COUNTER POINT

It is to the credit of both the SPG and the Government that neither leaked out Rahul Gandhi’s whereabouts. It is rare in these days of officials rushing to provide documentary proof to TV channels. There is confidentiality built in to the protection arrangement: security officials are with the protectee, not to snoop on him but to protect him from attack. If they become Government’s agents to keep a watch over the protectees, they would become an embarrassment. No protectee would want them around and their professional ability would be over shadowed by their collateral interest. If Rahul’s disappearance caused political embarrassment to the Congress, it has added feathers to the reputation of the SPG. Rahul should be free to take a holiday whenever he wants but why this Machiavellian secrecy? It does not add to his reputation and raises doubts about his interest in the political developments in the country. If Rahul wants to lead the Congress, he has to set aside his personal interests. That is the price to pay for power.
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