BJP: Union minister Anurag Thakur has strongly criticized Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over the Pegasus spyware controversy and his recent comments about democracy in India. Thakur accused Gandhi of “having a habit of lying and defaming India”.
He highlighted that India’s respect for him had grown worldwide under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership. He also reminded Italian leader Giorgia Meloni’s praise for Modi.
“Rahul Gandhi is again doing his work of hue and cry on foreign land. Pegasus is in his mind. Under PM Modi’s leadership, respect for India has increased across the world. He should listen to what Italian PM said…” Thakur told ANI.
Girorgio Meloni, in India for a two-day visit, said Modi is ‘most loved one of all (world leaders)… he has been a major leader and congratulations for that.”
Thakur said that Congress has recently got electoral defeats in Nagaland, Tripura and Meghalaya, and the party could not accept the people’s mandate.
“Yesterday’s result conclude that Congress has been wiped (out)… they are not able to accept people’s mandate… people trust PM Modi,” Thakur said.
“This (the defeats) maybe Rahul Gandhi and the Congress can’t accept… one after other they are losing all states. This is Congress’ habit… to defame India.”
He also questioned the party’s agenda and accused it of defaming India. Thakur’s comments were taken as a reference to Gandhi’s recent speech in Britain and an interview with an Italian daily newspaper.
“This hate Rahul Gandhi can have for Modi but not for the country. It raises the question – what is Congress’ agenda?” he said.
While speaking at Cambridge, Gandhi raised concerns about threats to India’s democracy and the silence of opposition leaders. He also mentioned Pegasus spyware, saying he had it on his phone and was warned by intelligence officers to be careful what he said.
Thakur’s criticism of Gandhi comes amid ongoing controversy in India surrounding the use of Pegasus spyware and alleged government surveillance of opposition leaders, journalists and activists. The BJP has taken a defensive stance on the matter, with many opposition parties calling for a judicial inquiry into the matter.