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‘Cong using disgruntled officers to target Modi’

The Congress has demanded Modi’s resignation as Gujarat Chief Minister over the alleged illegal surveillance.

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley on Sunday accused the Congress of using “disgruntled” officers to take on the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate in an apparent reference to suspended Gujarat cadre IAS officer Pradeep Sharma moving Supreme Court with a plea to order independent probe against Narendra Modi in the alleged snooping controversy.

“They (Congress) are back to their old game of detecting a disgruntled police officer or a civil servant and getting him to make absurd charges. This didn’t work when (suspended IPS officer) Sanjeev Bhatt did it. It won’t work with Congress party’s newly discovered suspended civil servant doing it,” Jaitley wrote on social networking website Facebook.

Claiming that Congress vice-president “Rahul Gandhi is no match” to Modi,Jaitley wrote: “The Congress is on the back foot as far as the leadership battle is concerned. Today it is under the impression that tweets,taunts and press conferences of its second row leaders will match Modi. This hasn’t worked”.

The Congress has demanded Modi’s resignation as Gujarat Chief Minister over the alleged illegal surveillance of a woman by state agencies and sought a probe by a sitting Supreme Court judge into the issue.

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“In Gujarat,the party has flip-flopped. Either they are very aggressive against him or alternatively they pretend that he doesn’t exist. In the 2012 assembly elections,they could not project a leader to match him. They hired a young brand ambassador to counter him,” Jaitley added.

With PTI inputs

First published on: 25-11-2013 at 00:36 IST
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