'PMO to respond to Pegasus..,' Congress attacks Centre over NYT report

New Delhi: A new New York Times report on the deal for Israeli spy software Pegasus has raised the political mercury in Delhi even in the bitter cold. The revelations, just before the elections in five states, have given the opposition parties a chance to attack the government. The Congress has hit out at PM Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), questioning whether the PMO will give any reply to these revelations.

Congress has become inundating the central government after the New York Times reported on the Pegasus deal. Congress has said that the PMO should respond to the report. Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Srinivas BV, Shaktisinh Gohil, Karti Chidambaram have tweeted that the report has proved that the government has purchased Pegasus spyware to spy on journalists and leaders for Rs 300 crore from taxpayers' money.

The New York Times, in a report published on Friday, claimed that when PM Narendra Modi visited Israel in July 2017, India had signed a hefty $2 billion defence deal with Israel. The deal included missile systems as well as the Pegasus spyware made by the Israeli company NSO.

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