“Free speech and right to disagree in India is under

“Free speech and right to disagree in India is under

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“Free speech and right to disagree in India is under
attack by licensed trolls. Such despotic and vulgar attempts reflect the extremities of an intolerant culture that resorts to abuse when cornered and left answer less,” Surjewala said.
“Indian National Congress has fought such hatred and animosity with Gandhian compassion and tolerance. ‘Sabko sanmati de bhagwaan’ (May God give better sense to all),” he said on Twitter.
“As far twitter account of Rahul Gandhi is concerned, when it came to my notice, I took it very seriously. Twitter representative of India was contacted and all offending tweets were removed,” Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
While raising the issue, Congress sought to caution the Modi government over its pitch for shifting to online banking transactions following concern over digital safety.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel tweeted, “The way @OfficeOfRG a/c got hacked, as cybercrime and Twitter watched helpless raises serious Q’s on digital safety, Digital India future.” “Those forcing country to adopt online payment overnight, have they taken steps to ensure a/c of ordinary ppl will be immune from hacking?,” he said.
Later, in a statement, Surjewala said,”Time has come for Modi government, which speaks of cashless economy, to ponder over these important imponderables that have exposed the susceptibility of the entire digital financial platforms. We sincerely hope that Modi government will provide the relevant answers to people of India.”
The statement dubbed as a “predetermined conspiracy” and systematic attack on free speech and right to disagree the hacking of its Twitter account and of Rahul Gandhi and raised questions on the safety of the entire digital payment network as also of privacy.
“Every right thinking Indian is shocked by such despotic and vulgar attempts, which reflect the extremities of a growing intolerant culture around us that resorts to abuse and insult every time it lacks answers to the questioned raised by those who disagree with their point of view,” Surjewala said in the statement.
BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma too issued a statement, saying Congress should understand that if the twitter account of Rahul Gandhi or the party has been hacked, the fault lies with Twitter’s security feature and not with BJP.
“Congress should desist from such petty politics or after losing people’s support it will now fall in their eyes,” he said. well,” he later said in a statement. PTI SKC SLB PRS ARU KR ZMN SK
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