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Congress questions Narendra Modi`s silence on snooping case

By Hemant Abhishek | Last Updated: Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 16:36

Zee Media Bureau/Hemant Abhishek

New Delhi: The Congress on Saturday demanded clarification from Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi over the alleged snooping on a young woman by the Gujarat Police.

Information and Broadcasting Minister and Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari while addressing scribes on Saturday asked why Modi has chosen to remain tight-lipped over the issue.

“For the last month you (Modi) are speaking non-stop on every issue but why are you not clarifying on the snooping row,” he asked.

Questioning Modi’s "silence" over the snooping row, Congress MP Priya Dutt at party’s social media training camp at Vadodara, said, "Modi`s silence over the alleged illegal surveillance of a woman by state agencies is difficult to understand. Why does he not break his silence on this issue despite the demands by various women`s organisations?"

A sitting judge of the Supreme Court should probe the mater, Dutt said, adding that Gujarat government should initiate a probe on its own.

Former Gujarat minister of state for home Amit Shah, a Modi aide, is being accused of misusing his powers and police machinery for illegal surveillance of a young woman in 2009.

Tewari also asked as to why MLAs who were allegedly involved in Muzaffarnagar riots were felicitated by the BJP at a rally in Agra and said, “By felicitating riot accused MLAs, is BJP trying to exonerate them?”

Hitting back at BJP leaders’ attack on UPA for poor policies and lax dissemination of funds for development purposes, Tewari said that the opposition party was stealing credit from Congress-led government at the Centre. “Sadly Madhya Pradesh and other BJP-ruled states are trying to claim central policies as their own,” he averred.

He also took a dig at Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan claiming that the two-time CM was not confident of a return to power. He said, “The respected CM of MP is not even confident of winning, and now he is contesting from two constituencies.”

First Published: Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 14:00
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