Cong MP questions Modi’s ‘silence’

Dutt was in Vadodara to inaugurate the IT workshop for Congress workers in the city,as part of her responsibility towards the AICC’s communication cell.

Written by Express News Service | Vadodara | Published: November 24, 2013 3:01:36 am

As the voices for a clarification on the “snooping row” become louder in political circles,Congress MP Priya Dutt on Saturday said that a thorough investigation should be conducted in the case to bring out the truth about the surveillance of a woman architect in 2009 by the Gujarat ATS on the alleged instructions of Amit Shah,a close aide of Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Speaking on the sidelines of an event in Vadodara on Saturday,Dutt said that the Gujarat Government is accused of using public money to stalk a woman,which calls for a complete investigation. Dutt was in Vadodara to inaugurate the IT workshop for Congress workers in the city,as part of her responsibility towards the AICC’s communication cell.

“The issue clearly revolves around encroachment of a woman’s privacy and more so the use of public money to do so. This is clearly not a private case of a concerned father putting on a detective to trial his daughter. The people of Gujarat must ask this question to the government here,” she said.

“Instead of being silent on this matter,the Gujarat Government must initiate an independent probe. Otherwise,a retired or sitting SC judge should be asked to investigate into this. It is not a matter to be silent on,” she said.

Dutt also spoke about the recent case of sexual harassment and rape against Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal and said,“This clearly shows that the problem of sexual harassment exists at every level in our society and in every office. Despite there being the SC guidelines in the Vishakha case,they are simply not being followed. We need stricter laws to avoid such instances and no matter in what realm of the society they happen they should be reported and probed.” Dutt has welcomed the decision of the Goa Police to investigate the complaint of Tejpal’s female colleague.

Earlier,the MP from Mumbai,who has been handed over the responsibility of initiating the party workers into the sphere of social media launched the Congress Party’s Social Media Manual that prescribes the guidelines to be followed in case of party stands.

Dutt said,“It has often been seen that party workers from different places toe different lines over an issue. We are opening this window of communication called ‘Khidkee’ for the workers to channelise their thoughts and make them aware of the party stand on various issues. It is also supposed to help them reach out to the grassroots as we are all becoming tech-savvy.”

Dutt refused to admit that the Congress strategy to jump into the social media scene was an attempt to compete with Modi’s aggressive media campaign. “We do not want our party workers to stoop down to the level of becoming nasty on social media like the others,who cannot tolerate criticism. There is no competition. The other party has spread lies through social media and we have not countered it aggressively which is why it has begun to appear as the truth. We have to rectify this now. The misuse of social media that has been made by others will surely backfire and also unveil the truth that they have been hiding for all this while,” she said.

Also present at the event were Gujarat Congress president Arjun Modhwadiya,state Congress spokesperson Himanshu Vyas,Vadodara city Congress chief Narendra Ravat and others.

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