Snooping row: Cong threatens protest if Modi,Shah don’t quit

Joshi was forced to resign from party’s all-powerful general secretary’s post after a sex controversy.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: November 20, 2013 5:25:35 am

The Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) on Tuesday declared to launch a statewide street agitation until Chief Minister Narendra Modi and his close confidant and former minister of state for home Amit Shah resigned from their posts for their alleged involvement in “stalking” of a young woman and an investigation by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court was instituted into what the party described as a “sex scandal”. However,the party leaders did not give any exact date when they would launch the agitation.

Addressing mediapersons at the Gandhinagar Circuit House at a “sneh milan” function organised by the Leader of Opposition Shanker Singh Vaghela to celebrate the beginning of Samvat Year 2070,GPCC president Arjun Modhwadia said: “If BJP general secretary Sanjay Joshi can be forced to resign on allegations of an illicit relationship with a woman,Modi should also be asked to step down on similar grounds.” Joshi was forced to resign from party’s all-powerful general secretary’s post after a sex controversy involving him hit the headlines in December 2005.

Modhwadia said that Joshi had committed only a moral offence by having a relationship with a woman he was not married with,but Modi had committed two offences: “One,a moral offence of a relationship with a young woman outside marriage and second, a criminal offence of using state machinery for surveillance of the woman and tapping the phones of those acquainted with her.”

“A fair investigation into the whole issue,including telephone tapping of private persons and CM’s relationship with the woman,under the supervision of the Supreme Court is necessary so that the world comes to know about BJP’s PM-in-waiting candidate,” Modhwadia said. Stating that the “state government is not a private fiefdom of Modi”,the Congress leader said: “It is a cognisable offence to misuse government machinery.”

He said that surveillance of the woman and tapping of phones of private persons acquainted with her amounted to a conspiracy. He pointed out that the tapes of the conversation between Amit Shah and IPS official G L Singhal revealed that Shah asked Singhal to prepare a case so that IAS official Pradeep Sharma remained behind bars for a period longer than suspended IPS official D G Vanzara.

“This is nothing,but a conspiracy and an offence,” said Modhwadia. “ The CM should resign immediately if he has any morals,” Modhwadia said. “If Joshi could be asked to resign for his alleged illicit sexual affairs,why not Modi? Are there separate moral standards for Modi?”, he added.

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