The Congress party has hit back at Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on his allegations of use of Cambaridge Analytica a data mining firm accused of harvesting personal information from millions of Facebook users.
Congress communications in- charge Randeep Surjewala while addressing a press conference said neither his party nor Rahul Gandhi has ever hired the services of the beleaguered company. “Indian National Congress or the Congress President has never used or never hired the services of a company called Cambridge Analytica. It is a fake agenda and white lie being dished out by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad,” said Surjewala.
Taking a dig at Prasad’s press conference, Surjewala said, “Desperate times call for desperate press conferences. BJP’s factory of fake news has produced another fake news today. Such baseless allegations shows character of the party”.
Describing law minister Prasad as ‘lawless’ law minister, the Congress leader said, “BJP’s factory of fake news has produced one more fake product today. It appears fake statements, fake press conferences & fake agendas have become everyday character of BJP.”
The Congress further made counter allegations that BJP-JD(U) had used the Cambridge Analytica’s services in 2010. “Cambridge Analytica’s linked website shows that in 2010 its services were used by BJP-JD(U). Firm’s Indian partner Ovlene Business Intelligence (OBI) is being run by BJP ally’s MP’s son. OBI company’s services were used by Rajnath Singh in 2009,” Surjewala added.