Cong decision on snoopgate not `political vendetta`: CPI

CPI General Secretary G Sudhakar Reddy today questioned the silence of BJP Prime Ministerial candidate on the issue of snooping of a woman.

Kochi: Welcoming UPA Government`s decision to set up a commission of inquiry into the snooping of a woman allegedly at the behest of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, CPI General Secretary G Sudhakar Reddy today questioned the silence of BJP Prime Ministerial candidate on the issue.

`I do not think it is political vendetta, BJP should explain why snooping took place not only in Gujarat, but in other states also`, he told a Meet-the-Press programme organised by the Ernakulam Press Club here.

Stating that he was a bit surprised that Modi was not talking about this issue, Reddy said He should "come out to explain.."

Referring to Gujarat Government`s claims that they were offering security to the woman, Reddy said `I do not know if security can involve privacy of a woman, including listneing to her telephone calls`.

On the Ahmedabad Magistrate court dismissing the appeal by Zakia Jafri, wife of slain Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, he said the incident was a `ghastlty` in which many were burnt alive. Someone should be held responsible for it.

Pointing to the defeat of Congress in four state assembly elections, he said it was due to the `anti-people` policies.

The poll results had proved that though there was an anti-Congress wave, there was no pro-BJP wave, he claimed.

BJP has come to power in three states and emerged single largest party in Delhi. On the performance of Aam Admi Party (AAP) in Delhi polls, he said it was a `good alternative in places where bi-polar politics is practised`.

Describing the Lokpal bill as a `very weak`, he said corporates should have been brought under its purview.

Regional, Left and democratic and secular parties should come together for the Lok Sabha polls, he said adding talks in this regard were on in Kerala, West Bengal and Tripura.
In January things would be finalised. There were no plans as of now to negotiate with AAP, he said. On the allegations of sexual harassment against West Bengal Human Rights Commission Chairman Justice A K Ganguly by a law intern, he said the former supreme court judge should resign.
`He should not cling to power. If he doesn`t resign, he should be removed and prosecution proceedings should be launched against him`, he said.