New Delhi: Targeting Narendra Modi and BJP over alleged snooping on a young woman in 2009, Congress today 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 Digvijay 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 here.

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