Mumbai: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday hit out at the Center over the Pegasus snooping case, alleging that she is not sure that she can talk to opposition leaders without spying.
Creating a virtual address to be broadcast not only in West Bengal but also in Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Punjab, Tripura and electoral states like Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, Mamata said the Indian government should be “plastered” to save the country.
Wrapping her mobile phone in a white bandage, the Trinamool Congress supremo said, “The Indian government should plaster or else the country will be ruined.”
She alleged that the phones of opposition leaders were being tapped, adding that the BJP was working to destroy the federal structure.
“Our phones are tapped. Pegasus is dangerous and ferocious. I cannot talk to anyone. You are paying too much money for spying. I have plastered my phone. We should also plaster the Centre otherwise country will be destroyed. BJP has bulldozed federal structure,” she said.
“Khela will happen in all states until the BJP is removed from the country. We’ll celebrate Khela Diwas on August 16. We’ll give footballs to poor children. Today, our freedom is at stake. The BJP has endangered our liberty. They don’t trust their own ministers and misuse agencies,” she added.
'Khela' will happen in all states until BJP is removed from the country. We'll celebrate 'Khela Diwas' on Aug 16. We'll give footballs to poor children. Today, our freedom is at stake. BJP has endangered our liberty. They don't trust their own ministers & misuse agencies: WB CM pic.twitter.com/i720LQHfqK
— ANI (@ANI) July 21, 2021
The Bengal chief minister’s remarks come amid controversy that Pegasus, spyware developed by Israeli firm NSO Group, was used to spy on hundreds of Indians, including Union ministers, opposition leaders, activists, journalists and scientists.
The list of snooping targets or possible targets includes the names of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and election strategist Prashant Kishor, who helped Mamata’s TMC in the recently held Bengal elections, in which Mamata came to power for the third time in a row.