[WSMDiscuss] Pegasus Spyware: Indian Regime Desperate to Stonewall Discussions

Sukla Sen sukla.sen at gmail.com
Sun Aug 1 14:13:15 CEST 2021

It's now clear as daylight that the regime is hellbent on stonewalling any
discussion on the Pegasus snooping issue in the Parliament.

The BJP members had boycotted the meeting of the IT standing committee meet
too to stall any discussion on the issue there and the government officials
scheduled to attend declined to at the last moment.

Implications are self-evident and grave.

The Supreme Court is, however, going to take up the related petitions on
August 5.
The regime may even try to weaponise this to stall discussions elsewhere.

<<Amid uproar by Opposition members, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad
Joshi said in the House that the Pegasus controversy was a “non-issue” and
that the Government was ready for discussions on people-related issues [and
not on the Pegasus].

While describing the Opposition’s behaviour as “unfortunate”, he said IT
Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has already given a detailed statement on the
issue in both the Houses. Joshi said the protests are over a “non-issue,
non-serious issue”.
Earlier, soon after the listed papers were laid on the table of the House,
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said he had not accepted the notices
given by various Opposition party members under Rule 267 for suspension of
the business to allow a discussion on the issues raised by them.

The members, who had given the notices, included Sukhendu Sekhar Ray (TMC),
Amee Yajnik (Congress), Neeraj Dangi (Congress), Elamaram Kareem (CPI-M),
Binoy Viswam (CPI), Ram Gopal Yadav (SP), Vishambhar Prasad Nishad (SP) and
Ripun Bora (Congress).>>

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