Congress targets Modi over Gujarat snooping row as war of words escalates

ModiGujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi

The Gujarat snooping row has triggered a fresh war of words between the Congress and the BJP with Union Minister Manish Tewari asking why no PSO was provided if the woman in question was being protected at her father's behest.

Two investigative portals, Cobrapost and Gulail, had claimed on November 15 that Amit Shah, the former home minister of Gujarat and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's close aide, had ordered illegal surveillance of a woman at the behest of one "saheb".

"BJP claims lady was protected at father's behest. Was threat assessed? Why not PSOs provided?" Tewari, who is also Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, posted on Twitter. Tewari further asked, "Why court ignominy of being the stalking 'Sahebzada'.

Congress women leaders had said that Modi "does not deserve" to be BJP's PM candidate if the Cobrapost claim on illegal spying on a woman architect in Gujarat in 2009 are found to be correct and demanded an inquiry into the issue by a Supreme Court judge.

The women leaders had wondered "Does this illegal snooping not raise moral and ethical issues as to capability, mannerism and style of governance of Modi?

"Can a person with such a flagrant disregard for law, Constitution and liberty of people be trusted to run any public responsibility and protect the rights of citizens", they had asked.

BJP chief Rajnath Singh has already ruled out a rethink on BJP's PM candidate. (With PTI inputs)

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