Ten Opposition parties are set to come together to move joint adjournment motions in the Lok Sabha in order to discuss the Pegasus spyware issue.
As a standstill in the Parliament continues for the second week of the Monsoon session, leaders of ten Opposition parties met on Tuesday to enable better floor coordination. They have reportedly decided to move joint adjournment motions in the Lok Sabha to discuss the Pegasus snooping issue.
Ten Opposition party leaders will jointly sign the notice to the Speaker. Congress Party’s chief whip K Suresh has been entrusted with the responsibility to manage coordination between the opposition parties, sources told India Today
The meeting on Tuesday was attended by Rahul Gandhi and Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary (Congress), Supriya Sule (NCP), Arvind Sawant (Shiv Sena), E T Muhammed Basheer (IUML), Hasnain Masoodi (National Conference), Kanimozhi and T R Balu (DMK), NK Premachandran (RSP), Ritesh Pandey (BSP) and members of the CPI(M) and Kerala Congress.
However, the Bahujan Samaj Party has so far not committed itself to the Pegasus adjournment notice while the All India Trinamool Congress was also missing from the meeting on Tuesday.
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The MPs of seven opposition parties, on Tuesday, not including the Congress, wrote a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind seeking his intervention “to uphold the dignity of the Constitution of India and parliamentary rules and procedures.”
The opposition parties mentioned their desire to discuss the Pegasus issue and farm laws with the President and alleged that the ruling party had stopped attempts to discuss either of these issues in the Parliament. They requested the President to direct the government to discuss them during the Monsoon session.
Opposition leaders have been targeting the Centre over reports regarding the Pegasus spyware since the Monsoon session began. They have alleged that it was used to hack the phones of several prominent journalists and politicians in India. The Centre has consistently dismissed the issue.