LUCKNOW: BSP chief Mayawati on Thursday demanded a Supreme Court-monitored inquiry into the Pegasus spyware controversy, a day after 14 opposition parties including the Congress, Shiv Sena, the Left, the RJD and the Samajwadi Party joined hands to take on the ruling BJP over the alleged phone-hacking scandal.
Mayawati said that the key issues related to people welfare and farmers were getting side-lined in the ongoing monsoon session of parliament following a raging face-off between the ruling BJP and the opposition. “Despite the demand of the opposition, the Centre is not willing to conduct an inquiry,” she said.
The BSP chief said that her party urged the apex court to take cognizance of the controversy and get an inquiry conducted so that the reality comes before the people.
Earlier, TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had pitched for an SC monitored inquiry into the scandal after a meeting with PM Narendra Modi two days ago. As reported by some sections of the media, Mamata’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee was also among the potential targets of the spyware.
On Wednesday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had unleashed a frontal attack on PM Modi accusing him of “inserting a weapon in phones” for using it to “hit the soul of India’s democracy”. He also alleged that the government was trying to silence the opposition demands for a discussion in parliament.