Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram has pulled up the government in a very cheeky manner over expensive petrol and diesel. Chidambaram said that for the last 19 days, the prices of petrol and diesel have not increased because the Parliament is in session in the country or due to the infiltration of Pegasus spyware, the heads of oil marketing companies are unable to talk among themselves on mobile. Have the chiefs of oil companies gone into quarantine till August 15. These are the reasons behind no increase in the prices of petrol and diesel for the last 19 days.
Petrol & Diesel prices have not been changed for 19 days because:
a) Parliament session commenced on 19th July, i.e. 18 days ago
b) Chiefs of Oil Marketing Companies cannot talk to each other because their phones are infiltrated by Pegasus spyware and the Israelis are listening
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) August 5, 2021
Chidambaram asked, is the Government of India also a customer of the company that makes Pegasus?
Earlier, Chidambaram had sought a response from the government in the Pegasus case. He had said that why is it so difficult for the central government to tell whether it too was a client of spyware maker NSO Group. Chidambaram also said that 40 governments and 60 agencies were the customers of NSO Group.
Supreme Court’s important remark in Pegasus case hearing, said, if the allegations of espionage are true then this is a very serious issue
Opposition unity in petrol-diesel and Pegasus case
Congress is busy surrounding the government against the increase in the prices of petrol and diesel. Earlier this week, Rahul Gandhi along with Congress leaders took out a cycle rally till Parliament against the sharp increase in their prices. Rahul Gandhi had called a meeting of the leaders of the opposition to discuss the strategy to surround the government on this issue and create pressure. In this, many parties including Trinamool, NCP, RJD, CPM, CPI, JMM, National Conference took part. Aam Aadmi Party and BSP did not attend this meeting.
On the other hand, the government has tightened its stand regarding the Pegasus case. The government has made it clear that it will not hold any discussion on the Pegasus issue in Parliament. On the other hand, the opposition does not seem ready to back down from the demand for discussion on Pegasus in order to conduct the proceedings of the House.