Parties spar over Gujarat woman snooping exposé
A major political controversy has erupted between BJP and the Congress, after two websites on Friday claimed that three key wings of Gujarat police misused powers to stalk a young woman from Bangalore in 2009 under orders from then minister of state for home Amit Shah, who did it for his ‘saheb’.
The Congress attacked the BJP and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, while the BJP, blamed the Congress’ ‘dirty tricks wing’. Information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari on Saturday demanded a thorough probe into the exposé by investigative websites Cobrapost and Gulail.com and that BJP president Rajnath Singh should provide an explanation.
The CPI(M) has demanded a court-monitored probe into the issue. ‘To use the powers of the state and further to use the anti-terrorist squad to snoop on the private life of a young woman, to follow all her movements, to snoop also on her family members and friends shows the utterly unethical and illegal practices and degeneration of the minimum norms of democratic governance under Modi,’ said a CPI(M) statement.
However, BJP president Rajnath Singh was quick to respond to the allegations in Raipur, ‘There is no question of rethinking on our PM candidate even if a thousand baseless allegations are made. We apprehend that the Congress’ dirty tricks wing will make such allegations as the elections draw near.’
Countering the allegations, BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi told Millennium Post, ‘I would not like to get into this debate but we have sympathy for the ageing father and the young girl, whose image has been tarnished and right to privacy breached. The father of the girl had sought help from the state administration to protect his daughter’s honour at that time and even now he is trying to protect her honour as this controversy surrounds hounds her. This case is only being projected as that of “stalking” by some people with vested interests.’
Attacking Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi without naming him, Tewari said that ‘dark clouds of fascism’ and ‘a great evil stalks’ the land following allegations of ‘state-sponsored stalking’ in Gujarat on the orders of former minister Amit Shah who did it for his ‘saheb’.
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh tweeted: ‘Would All Modi lovers pl react and condemn it or as a true loyalist defend Modi and Amit Shah.’ In another tweet Singh said, ‘Modi and Amit Shah use police to spy on an innocent girl! Didn’t Gujarat police and then home minister violate the law?’
Congress spokesman Meem Afzal demanded a CBI inquiry into the allegations.