Hurts federalism, witch-hunt by Congress against Modi, says BJP

ModiSoon after the court’s order, Modi tweeted, 'Satyamev Jayate! Truth alone triumphs.'

While hailing the Ahmedabad court's order in the 2002 Gujarat riots case, the BJP Thursday said the Centre's decision to set up an inquiry commission to probe the alleged snooping on a woman smacked of "political vindictiveness" and was a "violation" of Centre-state ties. The party also hinted that the Gujarat government may challenge the Centre's decision in the Supreme Court.

Soon after the court's order, Modi tweeted, "Satyamev Jayate! Truth alone triumphs." Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, he tweeted, "Truth by nature is self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear." Later in the day, he tweeted, "Will share my thoughts on the judgment with you all tomorrow".

Addressing a press conference in the evening, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said, "They (Congress) have tried to corner Narendra Modi from three different sides. They have not succeeded in trapping him in the alleged fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh. In Ishrat Jahan case, he was sought to be dragged via the colour of the beard. And today it has been proved that there is no case against him in the 2002 riots matter... At a time when you are on a slippery slope on the political front, there appears to be a peculiar coincidence between the Cabinet's decision and the Ahmedabad court's verdict. It is a phoney commission of inquiry."

In separate remarks posted on his Facebook page, Jaitley said, "The setting up of a parallel commission by the central government ostensibly on the pretext of this issue covering more than one State is without any basis. This action legally is suspect and liable for challenge. I am sure it will be legally challenged in courts." Stating that the move violated the federal structure of the Constitution, he appealed to other chief ministers to protest.

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