As the Pegasus snooping row intensifies, proceedings in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned on Tuesday. While the Lok Sabha was adjourned till 2 pm, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned till noon due to the ruckus created by the Opposition on the issue.
Opposition members sought to raise various issues and shouted slogans as soon as the House met for the day at 11 am. The proceedings lasted for barely five minutes.
The snooping row escalated on Monday as Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, poll strategist Prashant Kishor, and new IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw were among the big names revealed as potential targets of Israeli spyware.
Four opposition parties—the Congress, the Trinamool Congress, Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP and the CPM—gave notices under rule 267 in Rajya Sabha, demanding suspension of the scheduled business of the House to discuss the Pegasus spyware controversy.
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The Congress made a no-holds-barred attack on the government, demanding home minister Amit Shah’s resignation and calling for an investigation without any delay.
“This is clearly ‘treason’ and total abdication of ‘national security’ by the Modi government, more so when the foreign company could possibly have access to this data,” a party statement read.
Union home minister Amit Shah promptly slammed the opposition, and called it “a report by disrupters for the obstructers”, and said the release of the report was strategically timed to coincide with the start of the monsoon session.
“This is a report by the disrupters for the obstructers. Disrupters are global organisations that do not like India to progress. Obstructers are political players in India who do not want India to progress. People of India are very good at understanding this chronology and connection,” he said, using a phrase that his critics have often used to slam him—”Aap chronology samjhiye (understand the chronology).”
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has slammed Congress for doing negative publicity of the government.
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