Pegasus row: BJP launches nationwide campaign to counter Opposition allegations

The row over an alleged surveillance operation using the Pegasus spyware rocked Parliament on Tuesday.

Pegasus row: BJP launches nationwide campaign to counter Opposition allegations
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New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday launches a nationwide counterattack on the opposition parties over the Pegasus spyware row which snowballed into a major controversy. In the campaign, the party fielded its senior leaders across the country including state chief ministers, state presidents and senior leaders to blunt the opposition attack over the row.

The row over an alleged surveillance operation using the Pegasus spyware rocked Parliament on Tuesday. The Opposition disrupted Lok Sabha proceedings over the issue, the BJP categorically rejected the charge and accused its rivals of maligning the country’s image in league with international forces inimical to India. Congress has demanded the resignation of Home Minister Amit Shah.

While the Opposition has been attacking the government over the issue, the government has denied any involvement in the entire matter.

BJP chief ministers including Yogi Adityanath (Uttar Pradesh), Manohar Lal Khattar (Haryana), Shivraj Singh Chouhan (MP), Himanta Biswa Sarma (Assam), Vijay Rupani (Gujarat), Jai Ram Thakur (Himachal Pradesh) and Pushkar Singh Dhami (Uttarakhand) were among those who addressed the media to hit back at the Congress and other Opposition parties

Lashing out at the opposition Congress and international organisations for alleging the use of the Pegasus spyware to snoop upon politicians, journalists and others in India, Shah had Monday said such “obstructers” and “disrupters” were only aiming to humiliate India at the world stage.
The row erupted after a global consortium of media houses published a report claiming that Israeli spyware Pegasus was used in several countries including India for possible spying on activists, politicians, judges and journalists among others.

(With inputs from PTI)