New Delhi: Union Home Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Amit Shah on Monday addressed the recent reports about the use of Israeli Pegasus spyware to snoop on several prominent Indian personalities was amplified by few people with the sole purpose of humiliating the country. In an official release, Shah also added that “disruptors and obstructers will not be able to derail India’s development trajectory through their conspiracies”.
He then went on to assert that Prime Minister Narendra Modi government’s main priority is “national welfare”.
“People have often associated this phrase with me in lighter vein but today I want to seriously say – the timing of the selective leaks, the disruptions…Aap Chronology Samajhiye!” Shah said in a statement.
“This is a report by the disrupters for the obstructers. Disrupters are global organisations which 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 added.
Taking to Twitter, shah wrote: “Disruptors and obstructers will not be able to derail India’s development trajectory through their conspiracies. Monsoon session will bear new fruits of progress.”
Disruptors and obstructers will not be able to derail India’s development trajectory through their conspiracies. Monsoon session will bear new fruits of progress.https://t.co/cS0MCxe8aO
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) July 19, 2021
On Sunday, an international media consortium reported that more than 300 verified mobile phone numbers, over 40 journalists, three opposition leaders, two serving ministers and one sitting judge besides scores of business persons and activists in India might have been targeted for hacking.
However, the government has dismissed the allegations, stating they have “no concrete basis or truth associated with it whatsoever”.
Meanwhile, Congress has demanded a through independent probe into the snooping scandal.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter and criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the controversy while using the hashtag “Pegasus”.
“We know what he’s been reading-everything on your phone,” Gandhi said on Twitter.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has also called for an independent judicial or Parliamentary committee investigation into the issue after the government denied having any involvement in the alleged phone tapping using Pegasus spyware.
“I feel that there should be a thorough independent judicial inquiry or a joint parliamentary committee. We cannot just brush it under the carpet,” he told reporters.