NCP leader Praful Patel had said May 4 it was not right to appoint a judge with about 10 days left for the poll results.
NC leader and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also said that if a decision to appoint a commission was taken in December, it should have been implemented and appointing a judge five months later was wrong.
Law Minister Kapil Sibal last week said a judge will be appointed before May 16 — the day the Lok Sabha election results will be declared—to head the probe panel. The central government had decided in December last to set up a judicial Commission of inquiry to investigate the charges of illegal surveillance by the Gujarat government. Congress leaders had over the past few days stepped up their attack on BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi over allegations the Gujarat government mounted illegal surveillance on a woman architect, allegedly at his instance. Official sources claimed the UPA government’s decision not to go ahead with appointing a judge for the Commission had been taken before the allies expressed their reservations over the move. Congress spokesperson Shoba Oza earlier said there was “no compromise” on going ahead with the probe as the matter does not involve any political party, but women of the country who constitute half of the population. (IANS)