NCP, NC oppose investigation

May 05, 2014 - 4:19:40 am

New Delhi: In a major snub for the Congress, two of its allies — the NCP and the National Conference — yesterday opposed an inquiry commission to probe the snoopgate allegations against BJP leader Narendra Modi, saying the timing was not right.

Speaking to reporters, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and union minister Praful Patel said: “The decision to set up an inquiry into the allegations was taken in December. Now with 10 days to go for election results, it’s not the right time.”

“It won’t be appropriate to set up an inquiry commission at the last hour,” he said, adding that this has been conveyed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar.

Another Congress ally, the National Conference (NC), too, questioned and criticised the timing of the order to appoint a commission.

“If the decision to appoint a commission was taken in December, it should have been implemented. To appoint a judge five months later, is wrong,” NC leader and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted.