Pegasus snooping issue: This technical invasion is a "technological rape", says Meghalaya Cong MLA
The Congress is going up in arms against the ruling BJP government over the Pegasus snooping issue, accusing the latter of compromising on national security following reports that former party chief Rahul Gandhi could have been a potential target of illegal hacking.
The ongoing Monsoon Session of the Parliament is witnessing continuous disruptions and uproars over the issue. The Union Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw had earlier termed the Pegasus reports “sensational”, and an attempt to malign the Indian democracy and its well-established institutions.
Similarly, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the Pegasus allegations are based on 'report by disrupters for the obstructers, where disrupters are global organisations which do not like India to progress, and obstructers are political players in India' who do not want India to progress.
Unconvinced, Congress will be holding nationwide agitation over the Pegasus snooping issue.
In Meghalaya, the grand old party will await directions from the Delhi high command on the issue.
Speaking to The Northeast Today (TNT), Congress MLA Ampareen Lyngdoh said, “On a personal note, this intrusion is shocking as such type of surveillance is unauthorised and questionable.”
Terming it as “technological rape”, she said that such intrusion in people’s privacy is unimaginable and the dubious tracking of individuals is “unacceptable”.
Referring to the list of individuals that figured in the Pegasus report, Lyngdoh said that solid action has to be taken against the ‘unidentified’ entity.
“What if any names from a small state like Meghalaya appear in that list - be it chief ministers or ministers of states,” she questioned.
The Pegasus Project has made headlines across the world for its alleged surveillance on individuals – politicians, journos, business people by using spyware called Pegasus developed by NSO Group Technologies.
Although the software was intended for surveillance of criminals and terrorists, yet the revelation of names of prominent people allegedly being tracked, has created uproar in the country.
(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)
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