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BJP-Congress sparring over Gujarat snooping row gets shriller

Sparring over the illegal snooping row got shriller today with the Congress fielding two senior ministers to taken on Narendra Modi asking him to ‘come clean’ on it and the BJP accusing the ruling party of engaging in ‘mafia-style politics’ to target the opposition.

Slamming the BJP on the issue of a young woman being stalked allegedly at the behest of Amit Shah, close aide of Modi, Union minister Kapil Sibal said the time has come for the main opposition to come clean on the ‘real story behind the manufactured one’.

Sibal rubbished BJP chief Rajnath Singh’s allegation that the ‘dirty tricks department’ of the Congress is behind the whole issue.

In Mumbai, finance minister P Chidambaram took a dig at the Modi government, saying that in the ‘wonderful state of Gujarat, security is provided by stalking and snooping’.

‘The first time I have heard that there is a request for providing security and in that wonderful state, security is provided by stalking and snooping,’ he told reporters.

He was asked about Shah, former minister of state for home in Gujarat, being accused of misusing his powers and police machinery for illegal surveillance of a young woman in 2009.

‘I think this is condemnable. Providing security isn’t the same as stalking, providing security is not the same as snooping,’ he said.
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