Priyanka Gandhi claims the government hacked her children’s Instagram accounts

Priyanka Gandhi claims the government hacked her children's Instagram accounts

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  • “Leave phone tapping, the Instagram accounts of my children have also been hacked,” Priyanka told reporters when asked about allegations of phone tapping of opposition leaders by the government. “Does the government have no other work?” she asked.

  • On Tuesday, December 21, before of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra claimed that her children’s Instagram accounts had been hacked. The claim came two days after Akhilesh Yadav, the head of the Samajwadi Party, accused Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath of tapping his phones and listening to recordings of his conversations every evening.

Priyanka’s husband Robert Vadra has threatened legal action in the matter. “They had created hurdles before as well, which I tolerated for seven years. They made baseless allegations against me, but children should be spared from all this,” Robert Vadra told IANS. However, though no official complaint has been filed over the matter by Priyanka Gandhi, sources told NDTV that the alleged hacking will be probed by the Union government’s anti-cyber crime unit.

“All our phones are being tapped. This includes calls made from the SP office and of people associated with us. The CM himself listens to the recordings in the evening. This is the useless government we have. I should warn you all that if you contact me, then recordings of our conversation will also be listened to,” Akhilesh Yadav said.

The alleged hacking will reportedly be investigated by the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team, or CERT-In, which falls under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. On Sunday, December 19, a day after the Income Tax Department had conducted searches at the houses of a Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and three others who, SP president Akhilesh Yadav alleged that his phone was being tapped by the government. He also claimed that senior IAS officials were involved in the alleged snooping as well.


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