Last Updated: Sunday, May 04, 2014, 20:31
Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: The Congress party on Sunday said there is "no compromise" on going ahead with a probe in the 'snoopgate' issue allegedly involving Narendra Modi and alleged that in order to silence the family of the young architect girl, the Gujarat government awarded contracts without floating tenders.
It asked the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate, his close aide Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley to "come clean" on the illegal surveillance of a young woman by raising ten questions.
"Whether this entire illegal surveillance and spying operation in disregard of constitution and law not raise ethical and moral issues as to the capability, mannerism and style of Narendra Modi?
"Can such a person be trusted to run any publicity responsibility and protect the rights and privacy of citizens including the entire women of India comprising of nearly 50 per cent of its population?" the Congress asked.
Seeking answers from the opposition party leaders, the party also termed as "shocking" the entire BJP leadership's continuous and steadfast refusal to answer the reason, purpose and motive for spying on a young architect girl at the instance of Modi by "misusing the entire state machinery".
Observing that Right to Privacy is part of fundamental rights of 'Right to Life' under Article 21 of the Constitution, the Congress asked whether Modi and Shah have right to conduct surveillance of a young girl as also tapping her phones, phones of her friends and acquaintances with complete impunity in a totally illegal fashion.
"Why were extensive spying operations launched on an 'oral undated request' by father of an adult girl, as is being alleged in hindsight as a mode of defence? Which Chief Minister puts a young girl under such extensive surveillance on an oral undated request from her parents or relation?," the party asked.
The Congress wanted to know in how many cases before and after this incident has Modi put young girls under surveillance on the request of their parents or relation.
"Why were other friends and acquaintances meeting up with the young girl being put under surveillance?," Mahila Congress leaders Priyanka Chaturvedi and Sobha Oza asked.
They said that there was "no compromise" as the issue involved the women of the country.
Oza, however, ducked questions whether the opposition by NCP and National Conference meant that they were "anti-women".
She insisted that no political party can decide on it and the Union cabinet has already taken a decision some time back and it was also announced.
"The issue is not a personal business of anyone. How does it matter (that a judge was not appointed so far)? There will be a commission and there will be a judge. Why there should be pressure?" she asked.
Oza also attacked BJP alleging that leaders like Arun Jaitely were "trying to threaten" judges against taking up the enquiry. The idea was floated by them that Congress was not getting judges.
The party also came out with 10 questions to BJP including Modi, Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley on snoopgate controversy, asking them to "come clean" on the illegal surveillance of a young woman allegedly at the instance of the Gujarat Chief Minister.
"Why did Modi as also father of the girl, not disclose the fact that Modi knew the young architect girl for close to five years, since 2005 prior to mounting of surveillance on the woman, her friends and acquaintances.
Congress also termed as "shocking" the entire BJP leadership's continuous and steadfast refusal to answer the reason, purpose and motive behind spying on a young architect girl at the instance of Modi.
(With Agency Inputs)
First Published: Sunday, May 04, 2014, 18:47