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‘What does Sweden’s V-dem have to do with us?’: RS Chairman Venkaiah Naidu schools AAP MP for quoting report from Sweden against India

Not letting the AAP leader speak a word further, the RS Chairman lambasted, "Woh apne aur dekhe... the countries which are commenting at the internal affairs of India, they should look inwards.

Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday schooled AAP MP Sushil Kumar Gupta for quoting a report from a Sweden-based institution against India, during the question hour in the Upper House today.

“Sweden ka V-Den…yeh kya hain…humko kya sambandh hain?” (What is this question? What report it is? What is the concern of Sweden’s Widen institute here?, said a visibly angry Naidu when the AAP leader attempted to cite the ‘democracy report‘ by Sweden’s V-Dem Institute to attack the central government.

‘Quoting some report from somewhere’, the visibly irked Venkaiah Naidu shuts up the AAP MP

Angered by the fact that the AAP leader resorted to a random foreign report to discuss India’s internal issues, Naidu scoffed at Gupta: “Quoting some report from somewhere, these are all political….”.

Not letting the AAP leader speak a word further, the RS Chairman lambasted, “Woh apne aur dekhe… the countries which are commenting at the internal affairs of India, they should look inwards”, said Naidu schooling the Aam Aadmi Party leader.

The AAP leader, who was on Tuesday, marshalled out of Rajya Sabha along with two other colleagues for misbehaving during the Zero Hour, was attempting to pose a question at Union Information and Technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad when the latter was lashing out at social media platforms encouraging anti-India propaganda.

‘Double standards won’t be allowed’: IT Minister RS Prasad 

IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, in plain and simple terms, cleared in the Rajya Sabha today that the double standard of the social media platforms will not be allowed in India. “Be it Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Whatsapp, action will be taken if these platforms are misused,” the union minister said while replying to a host of answers during the Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha.

Prasad furthered that if these companies want to work and tap the Indian market, they are welcome to do so, but they would have to comply with the Indian laws and the Constitution.

Irate by Twitter’s brazenness in complying with the Indian government’s orders to take action against those Twitter handles which have been spreading anti-India propaganda, Prasad said: “What is the issue that when there is violence in US Capitol Hill, social media platforms stand by police investigation but when Red Fort is breached, the same platforms go against the Indian government? Red Fort is the symbol of our pride. We won’t allow this double standard.”

Angered by the interference from international celebrities and governments on the ongoing farmers’ protests, the central government had, earlier in the week issued a new notice to Twitter directing it to block 1,178 accounts found to be from Pakistan peddling Khalistani secessionism. This was an addition to the government’s earlier notice asking them to ban 257 anti-India social media accounts for making hate speech.

However, Twitter showed its reluctance to comply with the central government’s notice under Section 69A of the IT Act. 

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