BJP on Thursday slammed the Government for setting up an inquiry into alleged snooping on a woman in Gujarat, saying it smacks of political vindictiveness and a witch-hunt targeting Narendra Modi while indicating it will be challenged in court for "violation" of Centre-state ties.
The opposition party hoped Chief Ministers from other parties will join the protest against the Centre's move which, it alleged, was an "affront" to states as it attacked the federal structure.
It also accused Congress of using "fascist" and "emergency-like" mindset in settling political scores with Modi, BJP's prime ministerial candidate, and of trying to "oppress" him by initiating a probe on an issue which is already under investigation by a state-appointed panel.
"This action legally is a suspect and liable for challenge. I am sure it will be legally challenged in courts. The setting up of this Commission (of Inquiry) violates the federal structure of the Constitution. It is an affront to the States. I hope other Chief Ministers also join in the protest against this action," Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said.
BJP Spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said, "It is a clear case of political vindictiveness, it is a witch-hunt.... Clearly it is the fascist Congress with its emergency mindset that has taken such a decision. BJP shall meet all the challenges and fight at every platform."
"It is also an attack on the Centre-State relations," she said, adding that "it is politically-motivated and not for justice".
Questioning the rationale behind establishing the inquiry, she said the enthusiasm with which it has been set up clearly shows where the government's priorities lie.
"The setting up of an inquiry into a matter which is entirely a state subject, when an inquiry has already been initiated, the Union government is showing extra-ordinary exuberance.
"It smacks of the Congress party's attitude to use any method to oppress its political opponent. It is a clear case of Congress getting back at Narendra Modi," she said.