Oppn warns entire session could be disrupted if demand for discussion in House, inquiry into Pegasus not accepted | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The political battle over the Pegasus spyware controversy heated up with opposition warning that the entire monsoon session of Parliament could be disrupted unless its demands for a discussion and an inquiry are met and PM Narendra Modi urging BJP MPs to “expose” opponents for not letting Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha function.
Speaking to the media after adjournment of RS, leader of opposition Mallikarjun Kharge asked why Modi government was ducking the snooping scandal when France, Israel, Germany and Hungary have ordered investigations. He was joined by Manoj Jha of RJD, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy of TMC, Ram Gopal Yadav of SP, Tiruchi Siva of DMK, Binoy Viswam CPI, Sanjay Singh of AAP, Elamaram Kareem CPM and Anand Sharma of Congress.
Earlier in the day, Modi asked BJP MPs to take on the opposition for stalling Parliament. Speaking at the weekly parliamentary party meeting, the PM asked MPs to take part in the “Amrut Mahotsava’ up to the village level, suggesting that they should highlight that party and government is prioritising development as opposed to obstructionism of the opposition.
“The opposition parties, especially Congress, have been politicising even Covid management. People of the country should be made aware and opposition should be exposed,” Modi said, according to party sources. The PM said that when the government offered to hold a debate on issues raised by the opposition, they should allow the House to function and let the debate take place.
The Rajya Sabha opposition leaders reminded BJP of its blockade of Parliament over the demand for JPC probe in the 2G scam during the UPA regime. The BJP has previously said its demand came in the wake of the Supreme Court and CAG finding serious infirmities with the spectrum allocations.
The opposition bloc in Lok Sabha also decided to keep its focus on its twin demands, with parties deciding to “move the same adjournment notice separately on Wednesday”. The decision was taken in a meeting which included Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, BSP, National Conference, Shiv Sena, NCP, RSP’s N K Premachandran among others. “The IT Act lays down that the government has to give permission for tapping phones. So, it is clear that the government ordered the spying of judges, opposition leaders, journalists and others. This is dictatorship. The PM should call all the parties for talks,” Kharge said.
Trinamool’s S S Roy said, “The government should hold a structured discussion on this issue. Without discussion, we will not allow any other business to run…What happened in 2G? BJP did not allow one complete winter session while demanding the JPC. We are not asking for any JPC. Then why are they shying away now.”
Deputy leader of opposition Anand Sharma said the opposition was doing its duty of preventing the government from turning “our republic into a surveillance and police state”.
Siva complained that only treasury benches were being shown in the live telecast of RS proceedings while the opposition benches were blacked out.

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