Pegasus row: Santanu Sen of the TMC snatches a statement from the IT Minister in Rajya Sabha and tears it to shreds

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In the midst of the ongoing spat between the Centre and the Opposition over the Pegasus issue, TMC MP Santanu Sen tore apart a statement from Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw in Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

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Following this, a verbal spat erupted between BJP and TMC legislators. Marshals intervened to regain control of the situation. Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and TMC MP Santanu Sen exchanged heated words after the latter snatched a paper from IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw during his Rajya Sabha speech on the ‘Pegasus Project’ report.

Swapan Dasgupta, a BJP Rajya Sabha MP, told ANI, “It appears as though some opposition members, most notably some TMC MPs, rose and tore the paper from the hands of IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw during his ‘Pegasus’ speech. This is utterly impolite behaviour.”

“He was making a statement; you had the right to question him following that, but instead of proceeding into the House for a debate, is this the type of hooliganism we see there? This is completely contrary to all established standards, and I believe it should be condemned categorically “Dasgupta concluded.

Vaishnaw was in Rajya Sabha on Thursday, reading the government’s statement on the Pegasus issue.

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“When they are capable of assassinating their opponents in Bengal and misbehaving with women, they are capable of anything. They snatched and tore paper today; it will come as no surprise if they tear clothing tomorrow. I abhor it “Mahesh Poddar, a BJP Member of Parliament, stated.

TMC MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, on the other hand, evaded a question on the subject outside Parliament.

Earlier on Thursday, Rajya Sabha Leader Mallikarjun Kharge claimed that the government is attempting to scuttle the issue.

“We have been demanding that the Pegasus issue be discussed. However, the government is issuing a statement. One may request clarification only if a statement is made and not all members are available to speak. The government is following suit. This is an attempt to evade detection and save themselves. They are preventing other members from speaking “According to Kharge, ANI.

According to the opposition, several Indian politicians, journalists, lawyers, and activists were named on a leaked list of potential targets for surveillance by an unidentified agency using Pegasus spyware. This follows reports in The Wire.

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