Cong stacks up ammo against Modi

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Apr 12 2014, 09:49am hrs
Narendra Modi could be in double trouble with Congress moving the Election Commission over his alleged wrong affidavits in the past on his marital status and the government saying that a judge for the snoopgate probe will be named soon.

We have not backed out. We have to only name the judge, which we will do, law minister Kapil Sibal told reporters soon after he led a Congress delegation to the Election Commission demanding filing of an FIR against Modi for his wrong affidavits in the past four elections.

When he was questioned by reporters at the AICC headquarters over the governments failure to name the judge for a long time, Sibal remarked, We know the judge. The timing of the announcement will be decided. Yes, yes, the UPA II will announce the name. We have already announced the setting up of the enquiry commission. Therefore there is no violation (of the model code of conduct). We are careful about all these things, the minister said, referring to the charges of spying on a young woman in 2009 allegedly at the behest of Gujarat chief minister Modi.

The Union Cabinet had on December 26 last year decided to set up the Commission of Inquiry to probe into the Gujarat snoopgate.

Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde had requested the law minister to recommend a retired judge of the Supreme Court to head the probe panel.

Brushing aside opposition from BJP and the Gujarat government, the Union Cabinet had taken the decision under the Commissions of Inquiry Act under which the Modi government has already set up a similar panel.

The Congress on Friday approached the Election Commission over the issue of the marital status of Modi by seeking action by the poll body against the BJPs Prime Ministerial candidate for allegedly hiding facts in election affidavits filed by him in the past.

It came on a day when Rahul Gandhi raked up the issue of Modis marriage to hit out at BJP, saying while the party made claims of ensuring safety of women, it took several elections for its PM candidate to mention the name of his wife in the poll affidavit. I dont know how many elections he has contested till now, but he has revealed for the first time that he is married. In Delhi, he talks about the honour of women, but his own wifes name doesnt reach the affidavit, Gandhi said, addressing a poll rally in Jammu and Kashmir. Modi has for the first time declared himself as a married man by revealing his wifes name as Jashodaben in an affidavit filed before the Election Commission along with his nomination papers.

EC bans Shah, Azam from holding rallies in UP

Cracking the whip on Narendra Modis close aide Amit Shah and SP leader Azam Khan, the Election Commission on Friday banned them from holding public meetings, processions or roadshows in Uttar Pradesh and asked authorities to initiate criminal proceedings against them. The EC also directed the chief secretary to ensure that no act of commission or omission is resorted to by BJP leader Amit Shah and UP minister Azam Khan that could affect public tranquility and law and order. The EC was also critical of the role of the Samajwadi Partys government in the state for soft-pedalling on registration of FIRs against Khan and not dealing with the sensitive issue with alacrity. The tough stand was taken by the EC at a top-level meeting of Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath and Election Commissioners HS Brahma and SNA Zaidi where the poll body exercised its constitutional powers to prevent the two leaders from further vitiating the poll atmosphere.

The Commission hereby directs under Article 324 of the Constitution of India and all other powers enabling in this behalf, that necessary FIRs should be immediately filed and criminal proceedings initiated against the above mentioned two leaders, wherever the same have not been instituted so far, the order said.