BJP ‘managed’ father, says Cong

A day after it was reported that Pranlal Soni, the father of the woman who was allegedly put under surveillance by the Narendra Modi government, does not want a probe into the matter, the Congress on Wednesday accused the BJP of "managing" Soni. AICC general secretary Madhusudan Mistry also alleged that his phone is put under surveillance whenever he is in Gujarat.

Questioning Modi's "intellect", Mistry said that a person like him "at the helm of affairs" may be "dangerous" for the country.

"That (alleged snooping) shows Modi's style of functioning. He is a person who can use or abuse any system for anything. There may be many more surveillances, I am pretty sure. In Gujarat, it is a well-known fact. You had encounters right before elections. He feels he is The State, not just a Chief Minister," Mistry said in an interview to The Indian Express.

Asked why the Congress is pursuing the matter when the woman's father has said he does not want a probe, he said, "Looking at the behaviour in the past, they (the BJP) must have managed... There are a number of such cases in the High Court and the Supreme Court. There should be a complete collusion. The BJP has done it a number of times. The strategy is that if I lodge a complaint against the CM, his followers or his party will go to the family and see to it that the complaint is withdrawn.

"Why was his family so afraid? In a safe law and order situation in Gujarat, as he (Modi) claims, why was there this fear that a father has to write to the CM, and the Saheb or the Home Minister has to take care of a single individual? Did she have any link with terrorists? Was she a threat to anybody? If somebody else's father needs protection by the police, will they be so enthusiastic?"

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