Snoopgate: Cong, activists petition Prez

New Delhi :  Even as the BJP continues to remain dismissive about the snooping allegations against the Gujarat chief minister and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, the Congress is making efforts to keep the heat on in this case.

Snoopgate: Cong, activists petition Prez

A delegation of women activists from different organizations and political parties called on President Pranab Mukherjee and submitted a memorandum to him demanding a judicial inquiry into the affair.

“The BJP cannot brush this serious issue aside by simply stating that the allegations are being leveled to tarnish Modi’s image. It is not a question of who is saying it? But the more serious issue is what is being said?” said Congress spokesperson P C Chacko.

‘It is shocking that a senior lawyer and leader like Arun Jaitley who is otherwise a champion of individual liberty is raising such questions. If the BJP believes in a democratic set-up and individual liberty then it should allow a free and fair probe, and not raise such issues,” he added.

“From all available evidence, it is clear that under Modi, Gujarat has been reduced to a police state, and more than 93,000 conversations have been snooped upon in seven months,” he charged.

“Silence cannot be an answer to such serious charges. Both the Gujarat chief minister and his deputy Amit Shah have to answer all the questions that have come up in the public domain after the details have become public,” said Shobha Oza, the president of the Congress women’s wing. She was a part of the delegation that called on the president.

‘’For us there is no difference between Amit Shah, Narendra Modi and Tarun Tejpal. We have zero tolerance when it comes to atrocities against women,” she added, when it was pointed out that the Congress has been soft towards the Tehelka editor in the sexual harassment case against a woman journalist.

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