Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Paneerselvam (Photo Credit: PTI)
The Centre on Thursday withdrawn the security cover of Tamil Nadu deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam and DMK leader M K Stalin. Stalin had Z security cover and the Deputy Chief Minister had Y+ cover. The government earlier had taken away the elite SPG protection from Congress president Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul and daughter Priyanka. The Gandhi family will now get 'Z+' security by the CRPF on an all-India basis, they said.
The Union government took the decision to withdraw the Gandhi family's Special Protection Group (SPG) cover after a security assessment, a senior official said. Sonia Gandhi's husband Rajiv Gandhi and mother-in-law Indira Gandhi were assassinated while they were prime ministers. The government had recently withdrawn the SPG cover of former prime minister Manmohan Singh.