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I don't need SPG's permission to meet people: Rahul
March 13, 2008 16:31 IST
Congress parliamentarian Rahul Gandhi [Images] on Thursday dismissed the issue of alleged violation of security rules during his visit to Orissa last week, saying he did not need permission of SPG or police to meet people.
Tripathi said the Orissa government had been put in a 'difficult situation' as Gandhi, who has Z-Plus security, had left the NALCO Guest House in Naxal-infested Koraput for some 'undisclosed destination' for four hours at night on March 7 without informing the local police.
"My intention was to remove the distance between the leader and people," Rahul Gandhi said.
The Lok Sabha witnessed several bouts of clashes between the United Progressive Alliance and National Democratic Alliance after Tripathi raised the issue.