Union minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday said the Congress will not allow the issue of alleged snooping of a young woman by the Gujarat government to be “whitewashed or brushed under the carpet.”
Continuing his attack on the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, Sibal said snoopgate was a national issue and would be taken up very seriously by the government.
“We believe action should happen in this case. We assure that we will not allow it to be whitewashed or brushed under the carpet. If people are involved they will be punished,” he said.
Sibal dismissed the two-member inquiry commission set up by the Gujarat government to probe the issue, saying it is trying to “whitewash” the matter.
He said, “What will happen when the Gujarat chief minister, who himself is a potential accused, sets up the committee...He is the CM and his men will inquire it.”
Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said, “Let it (the row) be investigated (by the commission set up by the state government) whether it was protection of the woman or snooping by the state government. The Congress is capable of turning anything into an election issue...silence is preferred where it protects a woman’s honour. Rather than allowing doubts, the state government ordered the probe.”
Jaitley said all concerned will depose before the commission. “It will look into compliance with procedures. If needed, Modi and Amit Shah will depose before the commission.”