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Assam CM Himanta Sarma on Pegasus controversy, ban on Amnesty International’s activities in India

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday demanded a ban on human rights organization Amnesty International’s activities in India over its alleged role in the Pegasus spying controversy. The BJP leader claimed that this entire matter is an international conspiracy to malign the Narendra Modi-led central government. “Various leftist organizations around the world, including Amnesty International, are part of the conspiracy. It is clear that they want to defame India’s democracy. I demand an immediate ban on Amnesty International’s activities in India.

Sarma said there was evidence earlier also, but with this recent incident it is now clear that Amnesty can go to any extent to malign the democratic fabric of India.

Significantly, the controversy arose when an international media organization revealed that a large number of businessmen and rights, including two Union ministers of India, more than 40 journalists, three opposition leaders and a sitting judge, were used by the Israeli spy software Pegasus. More than 300 mobile numbers of workers may have been hacked.

Here, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday strongly criticized the opposition for creating a ‘negative’ environment in the country and not allowing Parliament proceedings over the Pegasus espionage controversy and asked them to apologize. At the press conference, the BJP leader said the “negative attitude” of the opposition did not allow discussion on issues related to common people in Parliament.

Adityanath said, “For the last two days the opposition is trying to pollute the atmosphere of the country on the Pegasus issue and it only shows their sick mentality. Congress governments have been doing this during their tenure and now the party is doing the same by coming in opposition.” The Chief Minister accused the opposition of doing ‘negative politics’ during the Kovid-19 pandemic crisis.

Referring to allegations of spying on journalists, politicians, ministers, judges and others in India using Israeli spyware ‘Pegasus’, Chief Minister Adityanath said, “Instead of supporting the people, Congress leaders are fighting against the second wave of corona virus.” During this a situation of chaos was created. At a time when a concrete decision like convening the Parliament session has been taken, just a day before the commencement of the session, a sensational matter was brought to the fore, efforts are being made to pollute the atmosphere of the society.

“It shows the falling level of politics. The opposition is in a completely negative role and is knowingly or unknowingly becoming a part of some international conspiracy to destabilize India.

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