Snoopgate probe: NC, NCP not in favour of Congress's plan

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New Delhi, May 4: After the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the National Conference (NC) has also expressed its reservation over appointing a judge in the Snoopgate case at this moment. While NCP leader Praful Patel on Friday told an English news channel that his party was not in favour of a probe panel at a time when the UPA II government is nearing the end of its tenure, NC leader and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah echoed the same, saying the decision to appoint a judge at the dying moments of the UPA II government is not right. Abdullah said his father and NC chief Farooq Abdullah also felt the same.

Senior Congress leader and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said the NCP's aconsiderations could be discussed.

The Congress-led government at the Centre had announced a few days ago that it would appoint a judge to head the probe whether the Gujarat Police had spied on a young woman architect in Gujarat at the behest of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and his close aide Amit Shah.

The Congress was bent to appoint a judge for the Snoopgate probe before May 16 when the results of the Lok Sabha election will be declared and even hit back at the BJP for saying that the government's  was decision was "illegitimate".

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BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar on Sunday hit back at the Congress saying it is desperate to defeate Modi but whatever it has done has always boomeranged. He also cited the recent case of the omission of parts of Doordarshan's interview of Modi, which stirred a huge controversy and raised question about the freedom of the state broadcaster.

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