Centre to Bring Privilege Motion against TMC MPs For Misbehaving With IT Minister in RS

Speaking to ANI, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta said, “It seems that some people of Opposition, notably some of the TMC MPs, got up and took the paper from the hands of the IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw while he was speaking on ‘Pegasus’ and tore it up. This is completely unseemly behaviour.”

So far 23 members of the opposition have been suspended by the Rajya Sabha for
So far 23 members of the opposition have been suspended by the Rajya Sabha for “unruly behaviour”. (File Photo)

New Delhi:  The Centre is planning to bring a privilege motion against Trinamool Congress MPs who on Thursday created ruckus in the Rajya Sabha while Union Minister of Information and Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw was reading a statement over the Pegasus spyware, reported ANI.

ANI quoted sources that said that the government will ask the Rajya Sabha chairman to suspend TMC MP Shantanu Sen who snatched the statement from the IT minister and tore it into pieces.

Vaishnaw was reading the government’s statement on the Pegasus issue in Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

Following this, there was a verbal feud between BJP and TMC MPs.

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh conducts proceedings during Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Thursday, July 22, 2021. The Rajya Sabha session was cut short amid uproar among opposition members over the Pegasus spyware issue. (RSTV/PTI Photo)

Marshals intervened to bring the situation under control. Heated words were exchanged between Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and TMC MP Santanu Sen after the latter snatched a paper from IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw while he was speaking on ‘Pegasus Project’ report in Rajya Sabha.

The Opposition has alleged that names of several Indian politicians, journalists, lawyers, and activists have appeared on the leaked list of potential targets for surveillance by an unidentified agency using Pegasus spyware. This comes following reports published in The Wire.

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Pegasus has been one of the major issues that has been raised by the Opposition in the Parliament since Day one of the Monsoon session.

Due to the ruckus created by the Opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday was unable to introduce the newly inducted ministers in both houses of the Parliament.

The government had denied claims that it used the Pegasus spyware to snoop on anyone in the country.

According to the Israeli firm NSO Group, which is the developer of Pegasus, the technology is only sold to countries and law enforcement agencies for fighting crime and terrorism.