Spyware scandal to defame India: Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma | Guwahati News


GUWAHATI: The Pegasus spyware scandal is aimed at maligning India’s image just when the government has managed to control the second wave of Covid-19, said Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday. He also sniffed Amnesty International’s role to defame India in the process and demanded the Centre to ban its activities in the country, besides blaming the Congress for creating a ruckus on the issue in Parliament.
“In the last two months, India has activated its vaccination programme. We have reached almost 40 crore of people. Now every month India is vaccinating around 15 crore people and has effectively controlled the second wave of Covid,” he said at a news conference, accusing the Congress of shifting from ‘oxygen conspiracy’ to ‘phone-tapping’ controversy.
Sarma said though people involved in the ‘Pegasus controversy’ claimed to have discovered a database, they could not confirm there was phone-tapping. “They only said there is a possibility of some people’s phones being tapped. But the handsets with phone numbers have not been sent for forensic investigations,” he said.
He dared Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to lodge an FIR. “Rahul Gandhi could have filed an FIR alongwith his device. But nothing of that kind happened,” Sarma said.
What should have been discussed in Parliament was the road ahead to revive the economy and the preparation for a possible third wave. “But what happened on the eve of Parliament session was furore over phone-tapping. Whenever the country tries to achieve a milestone, a conspiracy from within and outside breaks out,” said Sarma.
He hailed Modi’s leadership saying that India is one of the 12 countries which developed its own indigenous vaccination programme. “India is actually demonstrating a huge potential of becoming a world power. We are securing our borders, we are not compromising with anything when it comes to the unity and integrity of India,” Sarma said.
“We all know that the story was broken by certain international media and also a news portal from India. They have said that Amnesty International is a partner in the project. We all know the role of Amnesty. They are encouraging left wing terrorism in India. They are working overnight to defame India and we know the credibility of Amnesty,” he said.
Though there is a system of telephone surveillance under the authority of law, Sarma said the government has clarified time and again that they are not intruding into the privacy of the people. “Mainly the Congress is creating the ruckus in Parliament. But in 2013, in a reply to an RTI, the then UPA government had admitted they are doing surveillance of over 5,000 phones and 500 email accounts,” he said.
“The Congress in Rajasthan has been criticized by the court for infringing on people’s privacy and freedom. Their integrity and respect for privacy have always been questioned,” he said.





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