Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday took a swipe at the Centre over the Pegasus issue, alleging that the Centre is intercepting every Indian’s phone and demanding a discussion on the matter.
He also accused the Central government of obstructing a debate in Parliament on the Pegasus issue during the ongoing Monsoon Session.
His remarks came as opposition leaders joined farmers in a protest against new farm laws at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar.
“Today, all opposition parties gathered in this location (Jantar Mantar) to express their opposition to ‘Kala Kanoon’ (farm laws). We want to have a discussion about Pegasus, but they (the Centre) are blocking it. Narendra Modi has tapped into the phones of every Indian, “The Wayanad Member of Parliament stated this while speaking to reporters at Jantar Mantar.
The TMC, BSP, and AAP boycotted the protest.
As they approached Jantar Mantar to express their support for farmers, opposition leaders raised slogans and carried a placard reading ‘Save Farmers, Save India.’
Mallikarjun Kharge, Ambika Soni, and Gaurav Gogoi of the Congress; Sanjay Raut of the Shiv Sena; Manoj Jha of the RJD; and T Siva of the DMK were among those who took part in today’s protest.
The opposition parties have been pressuring both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha to adjourn over their twin demands, which include the repeal of three farm laws and an investigation into allegations of surveillance.
The two Houses have been the scene of opposition protests since the monsoon session began on July 19.
Farmers have been protesting on the National Capital’s various borders since November 26 against three newly enacted farm laws: the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
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