The Congress President Rahul Gandhi said today that the BJP government is accusing the Congress of having links with a doubtful data firm only to convert attention away from the controversy over the 39 Indian hostages killed in Iraq by ISIS.
Countering to the allegations made by IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Gandhi took to Twitter to call the data leak charges an “invention” by the BJP.
“Problem: 39 Indians dead; Govt on the mat, caught lying.
Solution: Invent story on Congress & Data Theft.
Result: Media networks bite bait; 39 Indians vanish from radar.
Problem solved,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
The Union Minister Prasad had yesterday asked Congress and it’s chief Rahul’s links to the data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica (CA), which has been blamed of illicitly mining private data of Facebook users to influence elections. “There were reports of sudden surge in Rahul’s social media following by using bots. Does CA have any role in building fake following of Rahul on social media. Will the Congress party now depend upon data manipulation and data theft to win elections?” the Union Minister questioned.
The Congress communications-in-charge Randeep Surjewala denied the BJP minister’s allegations by calling the BJP a “factory of fake news” and questioning the BJP’s links with CA instead. Surjewala told media persons that “CA’s linked website shows that in 2010 its services were used by BJP-JD(U). Firm’s Indian partner Ovlene Business Intelligence is being run by BJP ally’s MP’s son. OBI company’s services were used by Rajnath Singh in 2009”. CA is a British firm that came in the eye of the storm after an investigation by Britain’s Channel 4, which alleged that firm dug personal information of 50 million Facebook users for President Donald Trump during the 2016 elections campaign.