West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday stated the Pegasus snooping scandal was “greater” than the 1972’s Watergate scandal within the US and matched with the most recent tax raids on media homes, signaled a “super-emergency” within the nation.
“I condemn the assault on the house owners and journalists of Dainik Bhaskar. On one aspect, the raids, on the opposite Pegasus. This is harmful,” she stated at a information convention.
“Pegasus is larger than Watergate. An even bigger emergency than emergency. Super-emergency. How lengthy can this go on?” she stated, holding up a taped telephone throughout a public look for the second day in a row.
“All companies have been became Pegasus. The authorities would not consider in its personal ministers. Journalists are additionally being tapped. My telephone is getting tapped via the day. Civil society, girls, they need to all protest. Everything is getting recorded. Video and audio,” Ms Banerjee stated.
Speaking concerning the tax raids on Dainik Bhaskar newspaper group and a TV channel in Uttar Pradesh she stated, “They have now gone to Dainik Bhaskar as a result of that they had reported boldly about our bodies floating within the river in UP. They additionally reported on Pegasus. Media is being silenced.”
Ms Banerjee additionally stated she is going to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi when she visits Delhi subsequent week within the first one-on-one encounter after the bitterly-fought state elections that she gained in May.
“I’ll go to Delhi for 2-3 days. I’ll meet the President if I get time. PM has given me time. I’ll meet him,” she stated.
Seen by many because the makings of an effort to imagine a wider function in nationwide politics and to unite the nation’s disparate opposition in opposition to the BJP, Mamata Banerjee’s journey to Delhi has generated a good quantity of buzz given her latest success in opposition to the ruling social gathering.