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Slamming the government for setting up an inquiry commission to probe alleged snooping on a woman in Gujarat, BJP today said it smacks of "political vindictiveness" and "witch-hunt" used to "oppress" Narendra Modi which will have an affect on Centre-State relations.

The opposition party also attacked Congress of using "fascist" and "emergency-like" mindset in settling political scores with Modi by initiating such a probe which is already a matter under investigation of a state government-appointed inquiry.

"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," BJP Spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters here.

"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.

The BJP leader said the party had hoped that after the defeat of Congress in the recent Assembly polls, it would have learnt its lessons but it is continuing with its "emergency" and "fascist" mindset.

She said Congress was rattled after being repeatedly rejected by the public and is thus now using every method to settle political scores with Modi as it is unable to politically match him.

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