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TMC Minister snatches Pegasus statement from Vaishnaw, tears paper amid uproar

TMC Minister snatches Pegasus statement from Vaishnaw, tears paper amid uproar

Parliament’s Monsoon Session: Both the Houses were on 22 July adjourned for the rest of the day as MPs rushed into the Wells of the House protesting over the alleged snooping by the Centre using the ‘Pegasus spyware’

High drama ensued in the Rajya Sabha today after Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Santanu Sen snatched and tore Union Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw’s statement on the alleged snooping using an Israeli company spyware 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 opposition party members trooped into the well of the House when Vaishnaw was called to make a statement over the Pegasus spyware controversy.

They shouted slogans and tore papers that appeared to be copies of the statement that the minister was to make.

As papers were flung into the air, the minister could not complete his statement and instead laid a copy of it on the table of the House and said, “A highly sensational story was published by a web portal on July 18, 2021. Many over-the-top allegations made around this story. The press reports appeared a day before monsoon session of Parliament. This can’t be a coincidence.”

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Heated words were exchanged between Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Santanu Sen after the latter snatched a paper from the Union IT Minister while he was speaking on ‘Pegasus Project’ report in Rajya Sabha.

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