Close on the heels of the phone-snooping revelation by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Congress on Sunday alleged its leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s phone has also been snooped by the spyware Pegasus.
Revealing the information in a press conference, Congress party spokesman Rajdeep Surjewala said that Priyanka Gandhi also received a message from WhatsApp about snooping. He asked if the Narendra Modi dispensation spied on citizens and political leaders ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala asked whether those sitting in the echelons of power are guilty of criminal offences and whether the government knew of the illegal spyware being deployed to spy on key persons.
"Shocking facts in #WhatsAppSpygate - Was BJP Government spying on citizens and political leaders in the run up to 2019 elections," he asked. "Did Government know of the illegal spyware since May 2019? Are those sitting in power gulity of criminal offences," Surjewala asked.
WhatsApp had informed the Indian government in September that 121 Indian users were targeted by the Israeli spyware Pegasus, but IT ministry has contended that the information received from the messaging app earlier was inadequate and incomplete, according to sources.