Assam CM demands ban on Amnesty over Pegasus row

New Delhi, July 22, 2021 (PPI-OT):The role played by Amnesty International in putting the pressure on Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government over its role in the explosive Pegasus leaks has landed the global human rights body in hot waters once again.

The chief minister of the Indian state of Assam has called for Amnesty International to be banned in the country and accused it of a conspiracy to “defame” Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, over its role in the explosive Pegasus leaks, which have put heavy pressure on Modi’s government.

Himanta Biswa Sarma, the chief minister of the state of Assam and a member of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), claimed that Amnesty’s role in the investigation into numbers of citizens and political leaders in countries across the world, including India, appearing on a leaked data list was part of a “long history of hatching conspiracies against India’s democratic fabric and its leadership”. He alleged that Amnesty International worked “to encourage leftwing terrorism in India and defame India and PM Modi” as well as “create dissatisfaction among the sections of Indian society”.

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