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Congress, Modi slug it out over snooping

While the Congress demanded a probe by a Supreme Court judge in the matter, Modi struck back, saying that unable to digest his rising popularity, the government’s was resorting to dirty tricks to malign him.

Union ministers Girija Vyas and Jayanthi Natrajan, former UPCC chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi and Mahila Congress chief Shobha Oza said the honour and dignity of every woman in India was at stake in the backdrop of the ‘serious issue in which a young woman was stalked, followed, spied upon on during her every waking act by no less than an entire anti-terror squad of Gujarat police.’

On the other hand, addressing a political rally in Bengaluru, Modi said, ‘They are unable to bear or digest this. Don’t know what kind of language is being used and the kind the conspiracies being hatched... They are trying various ways and means to rattle BJP.’ Accusing Congress of muzzling free expression, Modi alleged that the party has targeted anyone who has spoken in his favour, including iconic singer Lata Mangeshkar and a leading global investment banking firm. The rally also attended by BJP President Rajnath Singh was held amid tight security at the sprawling Palace Grounds.

Two investigative portals, Cobrapost and Gulail, had claimed on 15 November that Amit Shah, the former home minister of Gujarat and Modi’s close aide, had ordered illegal surveillance of a woman at the behest of one ‘saheb’. They had released taped conversation between Shah and an IPS officer to back up their claim, adding that its authenticity could not be confirmed.
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