A day after the proceedings of both the Houses of Parliament were disrupted due to uproar by the opposition over agricultural laws as well as the espionage controversy, IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnav took a suo motu debate on the Pegasus controversy in the Rajya Sabha today. Taking cognizance can make a statement. Vaishnav on Monday rubbished media reports that Pegasus software was used to spy on several Indian journalists, including ministers, saying the allegations made just ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament were aimed at maligning Indian democracy.
Vaishnavism in the Lok Sabha had said that due to several checks and balances, “illegal surveillance of any kind” by unauthorized persons is not possible in India. The minister made this statement in response to media reports that claimed the spyware Pegasus was used to monitor several Indians, including political leaders, government officials and journalists. Interestingly, according to news website The Wire, the name of Vaishnav himself is also included in the list of these people targeted for espionage.
Apart from this, a day after the stormy start, the ongoing monsoon session on Tuesday is likely to discuss the Covid-19 pandemic, hike in fuel prices, inflation and agriculture laws.
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Congress Lok Sabha members will meet at CPP office today at 10:30 am to prepare floor strategy on the issue of “Pegasus Project” media report.
On the second day of the monsoon session, the Modi government is likely to address the opposition parties in a meeting on Tuesday evening on the Covid-19 situation in the country and the plan to bring the pandemic under control. According to media reports, an official said that in the meeting, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan will give a presentation on the epidemic and will also address.
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