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Cong ups the ante against Modi over snooping allegation

November 16, 2013 17:35 IST

Targeting Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party over alleged snooping on a young woman in 2009, Congress on Saturday said it was "brazen assault on civil liberty by state sponsored stalking" after the "Gujarat pogrom" and "fake" encounters.

Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari alleged that it reflected the kind of state the BJP wanted to make and asked if this was its definition of freedom and liberty.

His remarks came as BJP president Rajnath Singh ruled out a rethink on its prime ministerial candidate over the accusation of illegal surveillance by Cobrapost and alleged that "dirty tricks wing" of Congress was behind the controversy.

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh also took a potshot at BJP, wondering whether supporters of Narendra Modi would condemn or defend the "spying on an innocent girl" by the Gujarat police.

"Modi and Amit Shah use Gujarat Police to spy on an innocent girl! Didn't Gujarat Police and then Home Minister violate the Law of the Land?", Singh said on the micro-blogging site Twitter.

Through another tweet, he sought to know "would All Modi lovers pl react and condemn it or as a true loyalist defend Modi and Amit Shah."

Another Congress General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed tweeted: "For "Saheb" Amit Shah, then MoS Home, used cops to snoop on a young woman from Gujarat. Everyone asking who is the "Saheb"? Media speculating!".

Sharpening attack on Modi, Tewari said "first the Gujarat pogrom, which was followed by fake encounter and now the brazen assault in civil liberty by state sponsored stalking.

"What kind of state do these people want to create in which you and I, our family members, every man, woman on the street will be subject to stalking by state apparatus. Is this the BJP's definition of freedom and liberty? Is this the respect they have for core constitutional value? "

He was speaking at the sidelines of a function in New Delhi.

"I think first of all the BJP president should have given a cogent explanation to the expose by Cobrapost.com and Gulail with regard to state sponsored stalking. You see it raises a larger question and the larger question is not only as a woman but as a civil libertarian," Tewari said.

Modi and his close aide and former Minister of State for Home Amit Shah were yesterday accused of misusing powers and police machinery for illegal surveillance of a young woman in 2009.

"The BJP has recently expressed outrage over an alleged case of telephone tapping," Tewari said and questioned why same people are silent now.

He said, "The intriguing part of the this entire business is that if reporters are correct, the expose did not name the alleged 'sahib'. It is the BJP which has come up with trumped up clarifications and what is even more intriguing that statements have come from the revered father of the lady in question who was also not named in the expose.

"Therefore is that the revered father knows something which nation needs to know."

I&B Minister said "It raised some very fundamental question with the regard to the Orwellian state which the esteemed gentleman who heads Gujarat has sought to construct."

Orwellian state relates to the satirical novel 1984 of George Orwell, which depicts a futuristic totalitarian state.

"I think India needs to reflect very seriously on this," Tewari added.

Digvijay Singh, a former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, also utilised Twitter to raise the issue of CD allegedly involving brother of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, wondering whether FIR on graft charges will be lodged in the case.

"When this sting operation took place Narendra Singh Chouhan was a MP Govt School Teacher! Would BJP pl take note of this and comment?", he asked through another tweet.

"I think first of all the BJP president should have given a cogent explanation to the expose by Cobrapost.com and Gulail with regard to state sponsored stalking. You see it raises a larger question and the larger question is not only as a woman but as a civil libertarian," Tewari said.

Modi and his close aide and former Minister of State for Home Amit Shah were yesterday accused of misusing powers and police machinery for illegal surveillance of a young woman in 2009.

"The BJP has recently expressed outrage over an alleged case of telephone tapping," Tewari said and questioned why same people are silent now.

He said, "The intriguing part of the this entire business is that if reporters are correct, the expose did not name the alleged 'sahib'. It is the BJP which has come up with trumped up clarifications and what is even more intriguing that statements have come from the revered father of the lady in question who was also not named in the expose.

"Therefore is that the revered father knows something which nation needs to know."

I&B Minister said "It raised some very fundamental question with the regard to the Orwellian state which the esteemed gentleman who heads Gujarat has sought to construct."

Orwellian state relates to the satirical novel 1984 of George Orwell, which depicts a futuristic totalitarian state.

"I think India needs to reflect very seriously on this," Tewari added.