Turkish Interior Ministry Süleyman Soylu on June 6 denied allegations that the government was illegally wiretapping the phones of main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and CHP presidential candidate Muharrem İnce.
“The statements by Kılıçdaroğlu and İnce that they are being spied on is a theatrical show. Nothing else,” Soylu said in Istanbul while visiting the tradesmen in the Grand Bazaar.
Kılıçdaroğlu has claimed he has been spied on and has accused the government of illegal tapping.
“The same mentality [as the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization] now spies on us [illegally],” Kılıçdaroğlu said in a televised interview with private broadcaster CNN Türk on late June 5.
In response to the question of who he suspected was responsible for the tapping, Kılıçdaroğlu accused the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of illegally tapping the opposition members.
“Who else could it be? It is the ruling [party],” he said.
Kılıçdaroğlu said the AKP’s election proposal to transform the Atatürk Airport in Istanbul into a grand garden was initially the CHP’s idea, and accused the government of being inspired by the main opposition via illegal tapping.
“As they are listening our phones, they knew what we would do to those locations, and they made a statement afterwards,” he said.
The CHP leader added that Felicity Party (SP) leader Temel Karamollaoğlu also voiced similar concerns, stating that the Nation Alliance with the SP and the İYİ (Good) Party had been planning to hold a rally over their support to Palestine, however the ruling AKP and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has announced a rally before the Nation Alliance.
“Mr. Temel said the same thing. We were to hold a meeting for Palestine. We had scheduled a date. But [Erdoğan] had made an announcement from London stating they would do a meeting,” he said.
Latest polls on İnce’s votes
Kılıçdaroğlu also revealed the latest polls over election results, stating that the percentage of İnce’s votes are around 29 to 32 percent.