Opposition attacked on Pegasus espionage controversy, demand for JPC investigation, Congress-SP-BSP war

In the Monsoon Session of Parliament, the central government is on the target of the opposition. The opposition is united about the revelations of the recent phone hacking case and is seeking an answer from the government. Congress, Left and other parties have now demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) inquiry on this issue. At the same time, this issue is being raised by the opposition in both the houses of the Parliament.

Congress demands JPC probe

Congress MP Shakti Singh Gohil said on this controversy that Congress demands JPC inquiry on this whole issue. Gaurav Gogoi of Congress said that the reply given by the government is disappointing. The government is only saving the NSO group, but it should set up an inquiry. Gaurav Gogoi said that the former IT minister wanted an investigation in this matter, but the new minister is not doing so.

Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury surrounded the central government on this issue. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that BJP is running espionage system instead of democracy. Our leader Rahul Gandhi has also been spied on, the Home Minister should resign. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that a judicial inquiry should be instituted. Whoever is against the government is being spied on. The government cannot run away from the discussion.

Shiv Sena MPs have also demanded a JPC probe in the espionage case, in view of this, the MPs met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.

Sitaram Yechury surrounded the government

CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury has also demanded a JPC probe led by a Supreme Court judge on this controversy, as well as targeted the central government. Sitaram Yechury said that the company that runs Pegasus’s spyware has clearly said that it deals only with governments. In such a situation, the government should save what that agreement is and who was being spied on.

Sitaram Yechury said that the government is trying its best to make the country a police state and whatever voice comes against them, they should be spied on. Two years back also, we had said in Parliament that it should be investigated and the government should come out clean but the government did not give any answer.

Mayawati and Akhilesh raised questions on the government

Mayawati, former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and leader of Bahujan Samaj Party, took a dig at the central government on this dispute. Mayawati tweeted that the dirty game of espionage and blackmail etc. is not a new thing, but by breaching the privacy with very expensive equipment, micro-spying of ministers, opposition leaders, officers and journalists etc. is a very serious and dangerous matter, which has been busted here. There is also panic and sensation in the country.

Mayawati said that many types of clarifications, refutations and arguments of the Center are not able to come down to the throats of the people again and again. It is also in the good of the government and the country that keeping in mind the seriousness of the matter, a complete independent and fair investigation should be conducted at the earliest so that further responsibility can be fixed.

At the same time, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said on this issue that listening to the personal talk of people by spying on the phone is a gross violation of the ‘right to privacy’. If BJP is getting this work done then it is punishable and if BJP government says that it is not aware of it then it is its failure on national security. Phone spying is a democratic crime.

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