Congress on Thursday unleashed a barrage of criticism on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party over the issue of alleged data leak on social media website Facebook. In a press conference, chief Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala held Narendra Modi responsible for the fake news and data leaks. “BJP government has become a manufacturer of fake news. Sabse bade data chor macha rahe hain sabse zyada shor,” Surjewala said. The Congress also targeted Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. “Hitler had an associate called Goebbels, Modi ji has an associate called Ravi Shankar Prasad,” he said. Surjewala came down heavily on the BJP and said that the party needs to clarify its involvement with Cambridge Analytica’s Indian arm Ovleno.
On BJP’s involvement in Facebook data leak, Surjewala said, “Isn’t Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook CEO) PM Modi’s friend.”
“BJP needs to clarify this, whether Cambridge Analytica’s Indian arm Ovleno provided services to their party. Did BJP take services from Cambridge Analytica and OBI for their Mission 272+ as claimed by Himanshu Sharma, VP of Ovleno Business Intelligence?” he said. In 2010 Bihar Elections, as claimed by Cambridge Analytica, did BJP take help from the company for electoral analysis?” Surjewala asked.
Surjewala’s press conference was a follow up to Congress’ massive offensive against BJP over the issue of data theft. Earlier in the day, Congress president Rahul Gandhi alleged that BJP ‘invented’ the story on data theft by the Congress to divert attention from the death of 39 Indians in Iraq. The Congress chief also accused the government of baiting the media. “Problem: 39 Indians dead; Government on the mat, caught lying. Solution: Invent story on Congress and Data Theft. Result: Media networks bite bait; 39 Indians vanish from radar. Problem solved,” he said on Twitter.
Earlier in the day, Surjewala accused the government of lying to the families of the 39 Indians who were killed in an attack by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. “All 39 Indians had died years ago as the evidence and witnesses suggested and corroborated now by Martyrs Foundation. Yet Modi Government lied, duped and deceived the families and the Nation!” Surjewala said.