Pegasus scandal: BJP goes on the offensive to counter snooping accusation

The BJP’s strategy of tackling allegations of snooping in the Pegasus spyware scandal appears to be an even more aggressive counter-attack. The ruling party on Wednesday called on its youth chairman and MP Tejaswi Surya to discredit Amnesty International and its media partners.

A day after Assam’s chief minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, called for a ban on Amnesty International, Surya was brought in to say it is an organization of “dubious nature”, while simultaneously supporting her media partner, The Wire, and the entire community. opposition attacked. raise the Pegasus scandal in parliament.

‘Thrilling’

Before that, IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnav had dismissed the scandal as “sensationalism”, while Home Affairs Minister Amit Shah and former Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad claimed the scandal was designed to destabilize India and disrupt parliament’s ongoing monsoon session. .

In this series, the latest maneuver is to discredit the media organizations that participated in the investigation as part of an international consortium with Amnesty International. Accordingly, Tejaswi Surya was called in to question the integrity of the media organizations and the human rights agency, in addition to attacking the opposition.

“The opposition regularly engages in ‘shoot and scoot’ to disrupt the functioning of parliament. This ecosystem has now fabricated a wild claim that the government used Pegasus software to spy on various individuals. Relying on a news article first published on a left-hand portal of questionable integrity and then spat out by another organization of dubious nature called Amnesty International, the opposition claims the government is allegedly snooping on them,” Surya said in a statement. statement.

Surya claimed that the Pegasus scandal is actually a “conspiracy” to tarnish the government’s reputation.

“It is important to note that this alleged investigation was done three years after individuals were allegedly targeted. The result, according to their own admission, is: “The presence of a phone number in the data alone does not reveal whether a device is infected with Pegasus or has been subject to a hacking attempt”. This is clearly a conspiracy based on suspicions and false claims to damage the image of the government,” he said.

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