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Bugging Row: Modi’s Hi-Tech monitoring on his team

There was never a proper coordination between BJP members when they were away from power. They had difference of opinion and now when they are running the government, they are carrying the same legacy. Congress is trying hard to put BJP in the corner over alleged bugging of Nitin Gadkari’s residence, Home Minister Rajnath Singh cleared that there was nothing truth in those reports, but his party member Subramanyam Swamy advocates a high level probe in the case. This shows the splits in NDA coming in front. Reports that bugging devices were found in the home of union minister Nitin Gadkari caused fireworks in Parliament as both houses were adjourned within minutes after a four-day break. The ruling BJP firmly rejected opposition’s demands for an investigation as Gadkari issued his third denial in as many days. Some BJP leaders were asking for probe and others were firmly denying the same. Overall, Congress members demanded an impartial probe by a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC). The Union Minister Nitin Gadkari himself is not curious for the probe then why Congress is so furious and disturbed over it?

Anyway, there might be uproar but truth won’t be coming out anytime. It is very well understood that this is the inside work of BJP. Team Modi has to answer many questions on this suspicious episode. One thing is very clear. It is not the Congress or US now. It is Team ‘Modi’ at work peeping on the activities of their own leaders. Earlier also, snooping and bugging is done by BJP leaders. People should recall that ‘bugging’ was also carried out at a Gujarat Minister Haren Pandya’s house. Haren Pandya’s murder is still a mystery and his family awaits justice. In order that the similar incidents do not get repeated, it is important to probe ‘bugging’ in Minister’s houses, find out the guilty person and clear the air of suspicion. Snooping by Gujarat Government was huge controversy. However, it does not mean that we have no example of UPA snooping or UPA is clean. If you recollect, Pranab Mukherjee’s offices bugged earlier when Manmohan Singh was the PM, then UPA was ruling government and they too denied the incident. Manmohan Singh is the apt person to describe this sophisticated – bugging device. As a professional above politics, he could guide the present cabinet ministers since he faced the same situation with his cabinet colleagues. Did the agency use the similar device set on UPA cabinet or the advanced version for bugging BJP cabinet minister? There was another issue of call records of then Leader of the Opposition and now Leader of the House Arun Jaitley being allegedly accessed unauthorised which was discussed in the House.

Similar scenes were witnessed when the Upper House reassembled as unrelenting members shouted slogans “We want JPC”. Ansari adjourned the House till noon. BJP is getting repaid in the same coin. Right or wrong, during the previous regime of government, parliament was never allowed to function. Now, it is turn of the present government to witness the same scene. Leaders — whether they rule or are in the opposition — their basic quality never changes. There is enough entertainment on Public TV channels — Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha channels. Finally, the media becomes the scapegoat.
Let’s come to the point; Union Minister Nitin Gatkari is no longer an important person in the Central government. It is possible that bugging device might have been planted in his bed room while he was the national President of the BJP. It is also possible that the same device might have been kept at the same place to gather details about his frequent meeting with the RSS functionaries, when he is not the nominee of the RSS in the Cabinet. There is no wondering if Nitin Gadkari is kept under scanner for his past business interests. Bottom line is that, all wants to know about all and everything. While BJP leaders facing security threat and privacy breach, their Prime Minister’s safety has become major concern.

Delhi Police will keep a jingoistic eye on the routes usually taken by Narendra Modi’s convoy in the Capital. Around 450 high-quality closed circuit cameras will be installed along these routes. The PM’s Security Wing of Delhi Police will be responsible for monitoring these roads. The decision to beef up PM’s security comes in the wake of growing threat perception. Around “12 specified daily routes” of the prime minister will be under constant watch of the police. Police assume that, PM Modi is a prime target of the terror outfits. Delhi Police has also begun a practice of having two routes for the PM’s movement. It’s only at the last moment that the route to be taken is decided, to maintain secrecy about his movements. 12 specified daily routes” of the PM that are frequently used include Prime Minister’s residence (7 Race Course Road) to the airport, to BJP headquarters on Ashoka Road, to prime minister’s office, to Vigyan Bhawan, to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s Delhi office at Keshav Kunj, to Rajghat, to Parliament, and to Rashtrapati Bhavan. Delhi Police has asked the ECIL to install around 300 fixed cameras in the relevant areas. They have also asked for 60 cameras that can pan, tilt and zoom, besides 90 cameras with high megapixels. Modi is one of the costliest Prime Ministers of India so far.

Dr Vaidehi Taman
Dr Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with Honourary Doctorate in Journalism, Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. for 11 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond The News (international) and Maritime Bridges. She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which caters to her freelance jobs.

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