Rahul Gandhi Targets PM Modi, Says His Phone Is Being Tapped

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who is in US, said if a nation state decides that they want to tap your phone, no one can stop you.

Rahul Gandhi in California

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying his phone is being tapped.

Rahul Gandhi while  interacting with the audience in US on the issue of Pegasus spyware and similar technologies, said he is not worried about it. 

He said he knows his phone is being tapped. 

"Hello! Mr Modi,” Rahul Gandhi said on his iPhone.

"I presume my iPhone is being tapped. You need to establish rules with regard to privacy of data information as a nation and also as an individual," he said.

"If a nation state decides that they want to tap your phone, no one can stop you. This is my sense," he said. 

He added: "If the nation is interested in tapping phone, then this is not a battle worth fighting. I think whatever I do and work, is available to the government.”

Earlier, Rahul Gandhi had alleged BJP of threatening people and misusing government agencies.

Rahul Gandhi speaking during an event in San Francisco said the government used "all its strength" to stop the Bharat Jodo Yatra. 

Rahul Gandhi arrived in San Francisco on Tuesday to begin a three-city tour of the US.

During his visit, he will meet with Indian expatriates and American lawmakers.

"The government used all its strength to stop the Bharat Jodo Yatra. The BJP is threatening people and misusing government agencies. But nothing worked and the impact of the Yatra increased. This happened because the idea of 'Join India' is in everyone's heart," Rahul Gandhi was quoted by NDTV as having said. 

"The Bharat Jodo Yatra started because all the instruments that we needed to connect with the people were controlled by the BJP-RSS," he was quoted as having said.

The Bharat Jodo Yatra began in Kanyakumari on September 7 in 2022 and covered over 3,000 km before concluding in Srinagar on January 30 where Rahul Gandhi raised the national flag.

"The Bharat Jodo Yatra carried the spirit of affection, respect and humility. If one studies history, it can be seen that all spiritual leaders-including Guru Nanak Dev ji, Guru Basavanna ji, Narayana Guru ji-united the nation in a similar way," Rahul Gandhi was quoted as having said.

Rahul Gandhi's comments come just weeks before Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to the US. 

Prime Minister Modi will arrive in the US in June at the invitation of President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden. The US president and the First Lady will also host a state dinner for the PM on June 22.

Rahul Gandhi, as per the report, also accused the BJP and the RSS of attacking the Constitution, and said that they were trying to divide the country on caste and religious lines.

The 52-year-old is expected to speak to Indian Americans, meet with Wall Street executives, and interact with university students during his six-day-long tour of the US. He is scheduled to conclude his trip with a public gathering in New York on June 4.