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Snooping controversy one of Congress tricks to defame Modi, says Rajnath Singh

Sunita Aron, Hindustan Times  Jaipur, November 20, 2013
First Published: 17:47 IST(20/11/2013) | Last Updated: 20:55 IST(20/11/2013)
Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh on Wednesday termed the hue and cry raised over snooping controversy surrounding Narendra Modi as one of the “tricks a desperate Congress will continue to play to defame” the party’s PM candidate.

A couple of days ago, two investigative news portals said Modi aide Amit Shah had asked a senior police officer in 2009 that “saheb” wanted the woman’s movements shall be put under surveillance.

Last night, BJP released a letter from the woman's father, which says she wants her privacy to be respected and does not want the matter investigated by the National Commission for Women.

In an exclusive interview with HT, Singh said the letter should suffice to end the snooping controversy.

Asked if it was right for Modi to oblige a friend’s request for spying on his daughter, Singh said, “I think it had to do with her security but I am not aware of what her father had shared with chief minister."

The woman’s father had reportedly told the media that he had requested Modi for the surveillance as he was worried about her security.

When asked why only Modi, and not other BJP leaders, attracted controversies, Singh said the “fact of Modi being the most popular leader” did not go well with the Congress.
“A threatened Congress has been incessantly using CBI to defame him, but the people will understand and foil their designs,” he said.

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