BJP questions Congress on ‘illegal’ phone-tapping in Rajasthan, calls for CBI probe

Vibha Sharma

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 18

Launching a fierce assault in opposition to the Congress, the BJP on Saturday posed inquiries to the get together and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on “unconstitutional and illegal activities like tapping of phones” within the state, demanding an instantaneous reply from the “high command” and a CBI probe into the “serious and sensitive” matter.

Stating that “morality” of the BJP within the Rajasthan political imbroglio was “crystal clear”, get together spokesperson Sambit Patra accused Gehlot of “manufacturing lies” and endeavor “illegal measures like phone-tapping” to save lots of his authorities.

“The political drama unfolding in Rajasthan every second is a cocktail of manufactured lies and illegalities,” Patra mentioned, posing six inquiries to the get together and demanding its fast reply on what he referred to as a “serious and important issue”.

Patra demanded to know whether or not the tapping of telephones had been achieved formally. “Several politicians are claiming that the tapes are authentic. The Congress says they are sourced from the social media. Phone-tapping is not just a sensitive but a serious legal issue that requires immediate answers,” he mentioned.

Asking if the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) was adopted within the course of, Patra mentioned, “Assuming that you have tapped phones, our next question would be if the SOP was followed. This not only the BJP wants to know but the people of Rajasthan as it is an issue related to privacy,” he mentioned.

Patra additionally wished to know whether or not Gehlot, after feeling cornered, used “unconstitutional ways to save his government” and whether or not in Rajasthan “tapping the phones of politicians was a normal routine”.

“The phones of politicians, whichever party they may belong to, are being tapped in Rajasthan as this is what we gather. A lot of unconstitutional things are happening there,” he mentioned.

Quoting SOPs for tapping telephones underneath authorized process, Patra mentioned tapping might be achieved solely by authorised companies.

Patra additionally requested if in that case it was not a scenario of emergency in Rajasthan. “The Congress has a history of phone-tapping,” he mentioned, recounting the incident when telephones of Rashtrapati Bhavan have been discovered bugged throughout its authorities.  

Regarding a query on “BJP leader” Sanjay Jain, who has been accused of engineering the autumn of the Gehlot authorities, Patra mentioned he didn’t must reply to “concocted and manufactured lies”.

Patra additionally slammed the Gehlot authorities on the Congress MLAs “flouting” Covid SOPs at a time when Rajasthan noticed the best single-day spike on Friday.

“Reality is when in 2018 the Congress government was formed we saw two factions fighting on the streets, one belonging to Sachin Pilot and the other to Ashok Gehlot. The Chief Minister himself has admitted that he was not on talking terms with his deputy, and that there was a cold war between the two. Then they say all this is being controlled by the BJP. The sin is theirs and the entire conspiracy existed within the Congress and was executed by it,” Patra mentioned.  


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