Venkaiah Naidu Accuses Congress Of Politicising Delhi Police's Visit To Rahul Gandhi

16/03/2015 8:51 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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HYDERABAD — Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today accused the Congress and its allies of making "an issue out of a non-issue" about Delhi policemen visiting Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's residence.

"Congress and its friends are making an issue out of a non-issue. They want to make it a political issue. There was a security related check and inquiry at Rahul Gandhi's house by the Delhi Police. It is not fair on part of the Congress or its allies to make an issue out of an non-issue," Naidu told reporters here.

"Neither the Prime Minister, nor the Home Minister knows about it nor is the government anyway involved in it. It is a routine security drill by the Delhi Police security apparatus," the senior BJP leader said.

"The same thing happened to me when I was in the Opposition. Two times they (police) came and gave a questionnaire to me and asked to sign it as well. Even after I became a minister they inquired and when I asked them about it, they said it is routine and we need to do it because of security reasons," he said.

"They asked me about my frequent visitors, suspicions about anybody and if suspected anybody roaming around my house as well as similar questions," he said.

"Same questions were put to BJP's senior most leader L K Advani and party president Amit Shah. Same questions were put to Narendra Modi earlier," he said.

"That is a routine duty. We should not make issues out of non-issues and should not make it a controversy simply because questioning has been done. They (Congress) are trying to make it a political issue. People used to say that there was surveillance of telephones during Congress rule," Naidu said.

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