The Congress party is all set to corner the Modi government during the forthcoming Budget session of parliament on the damaging What’s app revelations involving Arnab Goswami, Editor-in-Chief Republic TV and former BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta.
In a press briefing, senior Congress leaders AK Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Salman Khurshid and Pawan Khera revealed Congress’ plan of raising the issue of WhatsApp chat messages of Arnab Goswami leaked by Mumbai police in the upcoming session of the parliament.
Khera later on tweeted and slammed the Modi government over Arnab chats
‘As president of the ruling party, why was Amit Shah supposedly influencing TRAI? What was the hold #ArnabGoswami had on the second most powerful man in India – Amit Shah?’ Today’s press conference #GaddarBJPArnab pic.twitter.com/6PedBsb6N0
— Pawan Khera (@Pawankhera) January 20, 2021
That #ArnabGoswami was a fraud was never a national secret. But those entrusted with protecting national secrets were sharing them with this fraud exposes the true character of the Modi regime
— Pawan Khera (@Pawankhera) January 16, 2021
Addressing a press conference here at the party headquarters, Antony said, “The contents of the leaked chats between Goswami of Republic TV and the former CEO of BARC is a serious issue for the entire nation.”
Antony said that for a very patriotic Indian, it is a shock and a serious matter of concern because it affects national security.
The Congress leader said that it affects the security of armed forces, especially in this case, the security of brave air warriors. “And also in the way they (Goswami and BARC CEO) mentioned the martyrdom of 40 CRPF men is all a serious concern for us,” Antony said.
He said that the people of the country and the political parties might have differences on several issues but are united when it comes to national security cutting across the religious and party lines to protect the country.
“But now it is very clear that classified documents that too considering the national security and also considering the most sensitive secret air strikes were available with the people who were not expected to know it, and were not authorised to get these documents,” Antony said.
He said “I am very sad and shocked” over the leaked chats between Goswami and former BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta and the language they used while mentioning the martyrdom of 40 CRPF troopers.
Earlier, Senior Congress leaders Shashi Tharoor, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Manish Tewari , P Chidambaram, Jairam Ramesh had spoken about the arnab chat disclosures and expressed concern as it mattered national security.
According to media reports the parliamentary standing committee Information and Technology and Communications is too likely to discuss the arnab chat revelations. It is headed by Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor.