TMC’s Santanu Sen snatches Pegasus’ statement from Vaishnaw, rips up paper

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Great drama ensued in Rajya Sabha today after Trinamool Congressman (TMC) Santanu Sen tore up and tore up the statement by the Union’s Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, Ashwini Vaishnaw, on alleged espionage using spyware from the Israeli company Pegasus.

Following this, there was a verbal feud between the BJP and the Trinamool MPs. Marshals intervened to bring the situation under control.

TMC and other members of the opposition party gathered in the House well when Vaishnaw was called in to make a statement on the Pegasus spyware controversy.

They shouted slogans and tore up papers that appeared to be copies of the minister’s statement.

As documents were tossed in the air, the minister could not complete his statement and instead deposited a copy on the desk of the House and said: “A very sensational story has been posted through a web portal. July 18, 2021. -the main allegations made around this story. The news articles appeared a day before the monsoon session of Parliament. It cannot be a coincidence. “

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Stormy remarks were exchanged between Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Santanu Sen after the latter snatched a document from the Union IT Minister while he was speaking about the “Pegasus Project” report to Rajya Sabha.

“Inappropriate behavior”

Talk to the news agency ANIBJP MP Rajya Sabha, Swapan Dasgupta, said: “It seems that some people in the opposition, especially some of the TMC MPs, stood up and took the paper from the hands of IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw. while he was talking about ‘Pegasus’ and tearing up This is completely inappropriate behavior. “

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“He was making a statement, you had the right to question him after that but instead of getting into a debate, is this the type of hooliganism we see inside the House? standards, I think that should be condemned outright, ”Dasgupta added.

Vaishnaw was reading the central government statement on the Pegasus issue to Rajya Sabha.

The Center will likely present a motion of privilege against TMC MPs who misbehaved with Vaishnaw as he read the statement on the “Pegasus Project” report to Rajya Sabha, reports ANI.

“When they can kill their opponents in Bengal and behave badly with women, they can do anything. Today they ripped off some paper and tore it up, it won’t be a surprise if they tear the clothes tomorrow. . I condemn it, ”said Mahesh Poddar, BJP MP.

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Rajya Sabha Deputy Speaker Harivansh urged members to desist from unparliamentary behavior, before adjourning House business for the remainder of the day.

Opposition MPs also blocked debates at the start of the day, forcing two adjournments without even authorizing the filing of officially listed documents.

They shouted slogans about alleged espionage using Pegasus spyware and other issues.

The opposition alleged that the names of several Indian politicians, journalists, lawyers and activists were on the leaked list of potential targets for surveillance by an unidentified agency using Pegasus spyware.

With contributions from the agency

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