PM Modi has put a weapon in our phones, it’s anti-national: Rahul Gandhi on Pegasus row

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday questioned the Narendra Modi-led government over the Pegasus issue and asked the leadership to clarify if the spyware was used to snoop on Indians. He also questioned why the Opposition was not allowed to hold a discussion on the Pegasus snooping row in Parliament.

“Our voices are being suppressed in Parliament. We just want to ask one question — Did the Indian government buy Pegasus? yes or no? Did they use it against its own people?” Rahul Gandhi said in a press briefing after attending a key meet on Wednesday.

Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Pegasus issue, Rahul Gandhi said using spyware like Pegasus is an “anti-national” activity for him.

“The issue of Pegasus is an issue of nationalism and treason for us because this weapon was used against democracy. For me, it’s [using Pegasus] not an issue of privacy, but an anti-national activity.”

“This weapon was used against India. This is a weapon which should have been used against terrorists but Modi ji and Amit Shah should tell why it was used against democracy and institutions,” Rahul Gandhi said.

“We have been told by the government that no discussion will happen on Pegasus in the House. I want to ask youth of the country, Narendra Modi has put a weapon in your phones…, the weapon was used against me, other leaders and activists, then why his issue is not being discussed in Parliament,” Rahul Gandhi claimed during a press conference outside Parliament.

Responding to the allegations that the Opposition is obstructing Parliament proceedings, Rahul Gandhi said, “The government said we are obstructing Parliament proceedings…but I want to say that we are doing our duty and want to fulfil our duty.”

Rahul Gandhi launched an attack on the government while speaking during a press conference where leaders of several opposition parties were present.

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