BJP condemns government phone tapping reports

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New Delhi, Apr 24 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday criticised the UPA Government on the issue of phone tapping of senior politicians.

It alleged that the government was resorting to such "despotic actions" after having failed on all fronts.

Interacting with media, party spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said: "In the garb of tracking terror, the Government is tracking politicians and even their own cabinet ministers from alliance partners. Apparently the Government has failed on all fronts, making them seemingly insecure and prompting such despotic actions."

He demanded a "clear statement" on the issue from the Prime Minister and none else in Parliament.

"BJP would like to question that in perception of the Government, if the cabinet ministers are not safe, if the chief ministers are not safe, then who is safe in this country," Rudy said.

He termed the alleged phone tapping as an "outright violation of laws and bizarre infringement of our fundamental rights."

Earlier in the day, a prominent daily has claimed that the phones of some prominent political leaders including Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, Congress leader Digvijay Singh, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Prakash Karat have been tapped. (ANI)

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