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Congress attacks BJP, Modi over stalking in Gujarat

New Delhi, Nov 16 (IANS): An expose into alleged "state-sponsored stalking" of a young woman in Gujarat prompted the Congress Saturday to attack the BJP and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. The BJP, however, blamed the Congress' "dirty tricks wing".

Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari demanded a thorough probe into the expose by investigative websites Cobrapost and Gulail.com and that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh should provide an explanation.

BJP president Rajnath Singh was quick to respond in Raipur: "There is no question of rethinking on our PM candidate even if a thousand baseless allegations... are made. We apprehend that the Congress' dirty tricks wing will make such allegations... as the elections draw near."

Attacking Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi without naming him, Tewari said in an address during an event that "dark clouds of fascism" and "a great evil stalks" the land following allegations of "state-sponsored stalking" in Gujarat on the orders of former minister Amit Shah who did it for his "saheb".

According to the expose, the woman's movements and her conversations were being covered by the Gujarat "state Intelligence Bureau, the Crime Branch and the Anti-Terrorist Squad in August 2009 on oral orders, without any valid legal authorisation, and was meant only to serve the interests of someone whom the then minister of state for home, Amit Shah, addressed as 'saheb'."

Tewari, in his speech in Vigyan Bhavan on National Press Day, said: "As we go about upholding constitutional values and go about our chores, dark clouds of fascism loom ominously over the horizon, a great evil stalks our land."

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, who never spares an opportunity to attack Modi, tweeted: "Would All Modi lovers pl react and condemn it or as a true loyalist defend Modi and Amit Shah."

"Modi and Amit Shah use Gujarat Police to spy on an innocent girl! Didn't Gujarat Police and then Home Minister violate the Law of the Land?", he tweeted.

Congress spokesman Meem Afzal demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the allegations.

Afzal said Amit Shah should reveal the name of the "saheb" for whom he asked police and state intelligence 2009 to tail a young woman in Bangalore. He also said that Amit Shah, who was then minister of state for home, should explain why was saheb "so much interested" in the woman.

Tewari said: "The first casualty of the society would be the constriction of liberal space, curtailment of creativity and circumscribing the right to challenge convention and think off the beaten path."

"If the alleged expose about state-sponsored stalking is correct, I would be worried, not as a woman but as a civil libertarian about the Orwellian state that some esteemed gentlemen aim to create," he added.

Later, speaking to journalists, Tewari called for a thorough probe into the allegations.

"The BJP president should give a cogent explanation to the expose by Cobrapost.com and Gulail with regard to the state sponsored stalking," he said.

He wondered why the BJP has gone "completely silent on this alleged state-sponsored stalking".

He said the "irony and intriguing" part is that while the expose did not name the alleged saheb the BJP had "come up with trumped up clarifications" - referring to the clarification by the unnamed woman's father.

Pranlal Soni, father of the woman, has come out with a statement saying he had himself requested Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to "look after" his daughter. The father's statement for the first time links the controversy to Modi.

Tewari warned that people should seriously ponder over the events in Gujarat under Modi, including the 2002 riots, the fake shoot-outs and the state-sponsored stalking.

Comment on this article

  • Joseph F. Gonslaves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Sun, Nov 17 2013

    S.V.Pai, Karwar,
    THAT IS YOUR STATE OF MIND.
    Imporove yourself.
    BJP’s are trying to catch power in the center by hook or by crook.
    Undigestable and frustration is in your comments and the bjp’s fake developments are examples.
    Currupt Modi gave cheap land for cheap money and publicity plus RECORD DEFICIT IN GUJARAT, MALNUTRITION, UNDERDEVELOPED STATE IN THE WHOLE OF INDIAN STATES.Gujarat comes 7th -12th state under the list of developed states of India. Your love to me hims will meltdown very soon.
    EVERY TOM, RAM, RAHIM KNOWS VERY WELL MODI IS NOT A NATIONALIST BUT IRRATIONALIST. SEE HIS SPEACHES HE IS SPEAKING IRONICALLY AND HATRED FILLED IN HIS HEART.
    Farmers in Gujarat are crying.
    AT LEASE OPEN YOUR EARS AND BLIND EYES.
    DON’T WIRTE SENSELESS COMMENTS LIKE KIDS AND BEAT AROUND THE BUSH.

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  • Joseph F. Gonslaves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Sun, Nov 17 2013

    CORRECTED MESSAGE: Your love to Him will melt down very soon

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  • Amith, udupi

    Sun, Nov 17 2013

    Chai mein Malai :)

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  • Joseph F. Gonslaves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Sun, Nov 17 2013

    Congress is Incredible.
    Congress edifies and Capable.
    Nobody can modify bjp is Culpable.

    DisAgree [2] Agree [10] Reply Report Abuse

  • tweet like bedi, kollam

    Sun, Nov 17 2013

    #Saheb , biwi aur gulam ( amit) is hit on twitter

    DisAgree [4] Agree [8] Reply Report Abuse

  • Tony Pinto, Manglore - Dubai

    Sun, Nov 17 2013

    Congress lost all grounds in INDIA just behind one MAN MODI & GUJARAT what they can dig up just waiting in any case......in DELHI OPEN RAPE's are going on in full swing and this tugs cannot control the situation...?? GOD BLESS CONGRESS.

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  • tweet like bedi, kollam

    Sun, Nov 17 2013

    Madhya Pradesh is the rape Capital of India

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  • Gurudath, M'lore/Mumbai

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    At least bring some credible charge. This is nonsense.

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  • S.V.Pai, Karwar

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    Dear Joseph Gonsalves -

    That guy Dev said Big Industrialists support Modi. its known fact, these people support every party, then why he made senseless talk?
    I gave reply in his language because Congis dont understand sensible talk.


    yeah, Amethi is not a state. why Ratan Tata didnt choose any Congress ruled state for Nano? Usage of Amethi is a direct dig at Congress, sarcastically.

    DONT TALK SENSELESS, NARENDRABHAI IS HINDU NATIONALIST AND NATIONALISTS SUPPORT HIM. WE DONT NEED CERTIFICATE FROM PSEUDOS ON HIM.


    WAH WAH WAH, TALK IS ABOUT HIM AND YOU HAVE MENTIONED KARNATAKA RESULT? SUPERB! SCARED TO MENTIONED 20TH DEC 2012?

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Sun, Nov 17 2013

    Everybody knows why Industrialists support openly any party which is not ruling the nation, but the state!
    Ambanis have benefited by his generosity of water, electricity & cheap land while poor farmers got their land confiscated for using the same water!
    Now Criminal activity needs explanation by Feku is the subject- not answered logically by any.

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  • FLAVIAN DSOUZA, CHIK/BANAGLORE

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    We as citizens should start ignoring all these cheap comments from politicians. Anywhere they go people should put a lits of 10 questions the locals have and let them answer the questions . We are fed up with comments which are no use for our country who cares whether modi is married or Rahul is having a girlfriend etc?? just focus on what can they do for the country ??

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  • Joseph F. Gonslaves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    Dear Mr. S.V.Pai, Karwar
    I quote yours: Big Industrialists support Narendrabhai because world's cheapest car TATA NANO reached Gujarat and not Amethi or Rai Bareily from WB.

    Big Industrialists are not supporting Congress???!!!
    And only supporting to BJP???!!!
    SENLESS TALK.

    West Bengal is a state ruled by Mamata Banargie and not congress
    Amethi is not a state. UP is a state. UP is ruled by SP.

    Yours is a senseless talk.

    Now recently TATA was willing to open NANO in West Bengal also.
    What is your say in this regard. Have you not read newspapers???!!!



    I quote yours: Honestly, Narendrabhai is a PM material of Nationalists and not of phony-secularists.Unquote.

    I LIKED THE WORDINGS HONESTLY AMULTEA-BOY IS A PM MATERIAL.

    MODI IS AGAINST THE NATIONALS AND HE IS IRRATIONAL.
    HE KILLED MORE THAN 2002 IN 2002.
    CANNOT AND NEVER BE A NATIONALIST.

    In Mangalore during Karnataka elections there was a big crowd for hearing AmulTea-Boys POP-LURITY dance at the stage.

    IN KARNATAKA ELECTIONS CONGRESS WON IN A LANDSLIDE VICTORY.

    MODI IS A BENEFIT TO CONGRESS.

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  • jeetendra hegde, mumbai

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    A good treat for, congress and our daiji's MODI haters too...

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  • jeetendra hegde, mumbai

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    wow... con-gress's another astra to deffuse MODI power...very good job con-gress ,you have lot of scam money to spend for paid allegations and paid news...

    DisAgree [42] Agree [29] Reply Report Abuse

  • Joseph F. Gonslaves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    BJP’s adage.
    Are porn Edge.
    Refuse to Budge.
    Modi has a Grudge.
    Gujarat is under Cage.
    Modi has narrow Gauge.
    Don’t know to rule Bridge.
    Amit Shah always in Hedge.
    Murderer using cotton Gouge.
    Puppy’s lover in a hotel Lounge.
    NDA well known to miss-Manage.
    For Lokayukta always Modi Dodge.
    Modi love skeletons may be in Fridge.
    In the 2014 elections voters are Judge.
    After 2014 elections BJP & SP will Merge.
    Congress landslide victory & BJP will Purge.
    The boat of BJP will sail to Dubai hotel Burge.

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  • RM, Banglore

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    From where and in what he is Sardar Modi !!! if, he is sardar then why he left his wife ??? he is sardar in telling lies, he was not able to take care of his own wife how he can manage country

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    I fully agree with Rima Mangalore/Riyadh comments on Modi over stalking in Gujarath.Mr.Modi or concerned persons has to furnish full details about this incidence. Hope the concerned response or clearify the matter suitably.Thanq.

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  • Rosario Fernandes, Kallianpur

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    Manish Tiwari demanded a probe & explanation from Rajnath Singh.
    BJP president Rajnath Singh was quick to respond in Raipur: "There is no question of rethinking of our PM candidate even if a thousand baseless allegations... are made
    WHAT DOES THIS MEAN.?

    Dear readers, if you carefully think, you can find out what is in Rajnath's mind.!!
    Anyone asked him to think about Modi????, 'NO' only explanation.!!
    I hope you get it what I mean.?

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  • jeevan, mangalore

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    Sardar Modiji is hope of india....Jai ho modiji.....long live our modiji...

    DisAgree [63] Agree [42] Reply Report Abuse

  • Homer, Bharat

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    By stalking innocent young girls? what hope are you talking about?

    DisAgree [25] Agree [46] Reply Report Abuse

  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    Jossey Saldanha, I know you got irritated with other's reply for your comment. Please read this joke (sorry, not joke) and laugh loudly. Probably this is the reason for RG for being not able to get married.

    GIRL : I heard your failed in English..

    Rahul Gandhi: No No, who TELLED you...?

    GIRL : Thank you for the confirmation...

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  • S.V.Pai, Karwar

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    Manish Tewari, ponder over -

    1)No Congress PM candidate announced till now.

    2)Narendrabhai led BJP defeated Congress thrice in a row.

    3)3.5 lakh crowd gonna attend BJP's rally @ Bangalore tomorrow.

    4)crowd chanting MODI MODI at Amul Baby @ Wankhede.

    5)4 state election poll survey indicates BJP has an edge over Congress.

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  • jeevan, mangalore

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    ಭಾರತೀಯ ಜನಸಂಘದ ಸಿದ್ಧಾಂತ, ಪಂಡಿತ್‌ ದೀನ್‌ ದಯಾಳ್‌ ಉಪಾಧ್ಯಾಯರ ಆದರ್ಶದ ಬೆಳಕಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಸಾಗುತ್ತಿರುವ ಚಾರಿತ್ರ್ಯವಂತ ರಾಜಕಾರಣಿ ನರೇಂದ್ರ ಮೋದಿ. ಅವರನ್ನು ಪ್ರಧಾನಿಯನ್ನಾಗಿಸುವುದೇ ನಮ್ಮೆಲ್ಲರ ಗುರಿ.

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  • Rosario Fernandes, Kallianpur

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    Mr.Pai: There is a difference between Gujarat, Karnataka & Nation
    as a whole.
    You have an edge by guessing BJP's win.
    BUT, think deeply & honestly, Mody is not a PM material.

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  • S.V.Pai, Karwar

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    Hi Mr. Fernandes,

    I didnt guess but referred to an opinion poll of Times Now-C Voter, please read the newspaper or google.

    Honestly, Narendrabhai is a PM material of Nationalists and not of phony-secularists.


    3.5 lakh crowd gonna attend NAMO rally tomorrow, please think 'deeply' number of people attend Congress rallies and yesterday's incident @ Wankhede.

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  • Rosario Fernandes, Kallianpur

    Sun, Nov 17 2013

    Dear Pai, Osama Bin Laden was more
    publicly known than Barak Obama.
    The publicity / Advertisement may increase the sale but the quality of the product is confirmed only after consumption.

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  • Declan, Mumbai

    Sun, Nov 17 2013

    Beautifully said Rosario !

    DisAgree [4] Agree [10] Report Abuse

  • A.M Shaikh, Dubai, Belapu, Kaup

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    Rosario,
    Parliament house Delhi is urgently required a tea boy,
    in 2014 in front of Parliament House
    NAMO CAFE

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  • Rosario Fernandes, Kallianpur

    Sun, Nov 17 2013

    Mr.Sheikh: The 12th man in the cricket team carries drinks to the field. Don't underline him, he is also equally a part of the team.
    Tea Boy is also important, people do not start their day without TEA.
    Lol.

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  • Rima, Mangalore/Riyadh

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    It's the first time in the history of India that a private citizens movement were stalked by the state Govt.on behest of her father's request. Something interesting here. Really smelly ! A thorough investigation must be done by SC appointed judges. Definitely this will increase the blood pressure of Sangh Parivar, as panic button already pressed by Rajanth Singh.

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  • simple, mysore

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    the more congis try to defame the more stronger modi grows

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  • stan, dubai

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    Dirty Politics. One is telling tea boy and another is telling amul boy, If Bjp leaders rapes or caught in corruption, congress supporters will criticize and Bjp supporters will support the rapist. If the same thing happened with Congress i.e. Congress leader is the culprit then BJP supporters will criticize. Some people will directly go to Italy for Indian politics. Please Congress or BJP leaders/supporters please don’t play politics with the Indian innocent public, just work for the betterment of the people…..

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    WORLD's MOST CORRUPT POLITICAL PARTY is frustrated beyond imagination.

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  • Anand, karkala

    Sat, Nov 16 2013


    They are afraid of Modiji. Fear leads to frustration.

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    Using State Machinery to Stalk or Protect an individual is itself CRIME & Favoritism at its Worst.
    Proves why Big Industrialists are Funding his PM Candidature!

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  • S.V.Pai, Karwar

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    Big Industrialists support Narendrabhai because world's cheapest car TATA NANO reached Gujarat and not Amethi or Rai Bareily from WB.

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  • Peter Pereira, Nagoya, Japan

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    In fact, innocent, peace loving, patriotic Indians are afraid of blood thirsty Tiger and frustrated thinking darker days ahead if illiterate people get the power.

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  • Homer, Bharat

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    You mean after their defeat sorry...dubbing Karnataka assembly elections?

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  • homer, bharat

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    That's why they have not an appointed LOKAyuktha from 11 years?

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  • Joseph F. Gonslaves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    My Pocket,
    Empty Wallet.
    Don't speak Lokayukta.
    Without Lokayukta purchased Ballot.

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  • CA Satish Shetty, Kinnigoli Mumbai

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    You congress thieves just see the girl's father's statement who is a family friend of Modiji.

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  • Ramesh S, mangalore

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    ..very cheap gutter politics from Congress.. they are not getting any issue, so creating cheap issues.. In the above incident girls father itself cleared air & even threatened to sue website for distorted news.. If Congress really has any concern for women then they should at least stop rape incidents at its state DELHI which is also Indian capital..Todays Indian express reported in main page'DELHI SHAME: 72 Hrs, 3 Gang rapes'..sharam karo..talk about genuine issues not about petty things..

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  • Anand, karkala

    Sat, Nov 16 2013


    Do whatever possible to defame Modiji, we vote only for BJP.

    Chahe aasmaan tootkar dharti par aaye
    Hamara Modiji ko chaahakar kuch na ho jaaye.

    CBI enquiry will prove Congress is right.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    I wonder why these people do not get married and let other ladies live peacefully.....

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  • vinay, mangalore

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    Good question for Amul Baby Pappu....Ask Manish to reply to your question.

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  • KRPrabhu, Mlore/Blore

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    You mean Shahajaade!!!

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  • KRPrabhu, Mlore/Blore

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    Jossey,pl do not insult Yuvaraja!!!

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  • jeevan, mangalore

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    Now you have cleared my long pending doubt about amul baby.. Thank Q

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 16 2013

    The Reason why Modi's wife deserted him is Clear Now-
    May be stalked her also!

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