Blow the BJP-led authorities in the centre, the opposition’s vice-presidential candidate Margaret Alva Tuesday mentioned that “Big Brother” was tapping politicians’ telephones and that worry was killing democracy amongst them.
“The fear that ‘Big Brother’ is always watching and listening permeates all conversations between politicians across party lines in ‘new’ India. MPs and party leaders carry multiple phones, change numbers frequently, and converse in hushed tones when they meet. Fear kills democracy,” Alva tweeted.
The fear that “Big Brother” is always watching and listening permeates all conversations between politicians throughout celebration strains in “new” India. MPs and celebration leaders carry a number of telephones, change numbers steadily, and converse in hushed whispers once they meet. Fear kills democracy.
— Margaret Alva (@alva_margaret) July 26, 2022
In one other tweet flagging BSNL, Alva claimed her calls have been being diverted. “After speaking to some friends at the BJP today, all calls are diverted to my cell phone and I am unable to make or receive calls. When you restore the phone. I promise not to call any BJP, TMC or BJD MPs tonight,” she mentioned.
Dear BSNL/ MTNL,
After talking to some associates on the BJP in the present day, all calls are diverted to my mobile phone and I’m unable to make or obtain calls. When you restore the telephone. I promise not to name any BJP, TMC or BJD MPs tonight.
. Do you want my KYC now? pic.twitter.com/Ps9VxlGNnh
— Margaret Alva (@alva_margaret) July 25, 2022
Following their tweet, BSNL filed an FIR on the matter. “Appropriate action has been taken on the complaint filed by Margaret Alva. BSNL has filed an FIR on the matter,” the Department of Telecom Sources mentioned.
In response to Alva’s allegations, Trade Union Minister Prahlad Joshi mentioned: “Why would anyone tap your phone? Let them call everyone, we are confident in what the outcome of the VP election will be. Why should we do this? These are childish accusations. She’s a high-ranking person and she shouldn’t be making such accusations.”
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