The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha today slams opposition’s baseless claims on Pegasus and said:
- The BJYM disapproves of the conduct of the Congress-led opposition inside and outside the Parliament. The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all walks of life. The Government, under the leadership of PM Shri Narendra Modi, is making all efforts to reboot economic activity in the country. During the Parliament Session, the Government is looking to pass several crucial bills which will aid economic recovery. However, instead of allowing discussion on legislative reforms that will benefit the citizens of the country, the opposition is acting against the people’s interests by disrupting Parliament and preventing discussion. By their actions, this Congress-led opposition has proven yet again that it has no interest in upholding democratic values or continuing sacred Parliamentary traditions.
- The opposition regularly engages in ‘shoot and scoot’ to disturb the functioning of Parliament. This time as well, the ecosystem has manufactured a wild allegation that the Government has allegedly used the Pegasus software to spy on several individuals. Relying on a news article first published on a left-wing portal of questionable integrity and then regurgitated by another organisation of dubious nature called the Amnesty International, the opposition claims that the Government is allegedly snooping on them.
- However, it is important to note this supposed investigation was done 3 years after individuals were supposedly targeted. The result as per their own admission: ‘The presence of a phone number in the data does alone not reveal whether a device was infected with Pegasus or subject to an attempted hack’. This is clearly a conspiracy based on conjectures and false claims to hamper the image of the government.
- There is no proof, no actual list of targeted people in the public domain. There is no information on the actual clients or users of the Pegasus. All smoke and no fire.
- It is pertinent to note that an atmosphere is deliberately being created to give an impression that the Government of India should not handle people’s data because it is unlawfully snooping on individuals. The opposition is raising such claims at a time when the Government is making efforts to regulate big-tech. The Government has brought forth the IT Rules 2021 to make social media platforms like Twitter, Whatsapp, Facebook, Google and Instagram t empower the users and give citizens control over their data, appoint a grievance redressal officer based in India, cooperate in investigations related to national security and safeguard the digital boundaries of India. The Indian National Congress has been working to derail attempts to protect the digital sovereignty of the country, both inside and outside the Parliament.
- The opposition’s actions are clearly attempts to divert the country’s attention from serious issues. The involvement of dubious organisations like Amnesty International, best known for anti-India propaganda and charges of suspicious funding from abroad, is revealing of the vested interests at play. The citizens of the country will no longer be fooled by these desperate tactics of the opposition to stall the functioning of Parliament and democracy.
- The BJYM stands with the Government and the people in calling out the opposition parties and its ecosystem for their theatrics and deliberate attempts to misguide the people of India through their mischievous plot. The opposition has time and again tried to create a narrative against the country by spreading false information and lies, and time and again it has been discredited by the people of India.