Rahul Gandhi: ‘Everywhere there is leak, the chowkidaar is weak’

From the Facebook data breach by a UK firm to influence election campaigns to Karnataka election date leaks and CBSE questions papers' leaks, the Congress leader said there's leak everywhere and that the country's "chowkidar" (watchman) -- read PM Modi -- is "weak".

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 29, 2018 2:29:14 pm
Congress President Rahul Gandhi

Taking a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday listed the various information leaks that have come to light recently. In a tweet on Thursday, Gandhi said that from the Facebook data breach by a UK firm to influence election campaigns to Karnataka election date leaks and CBSE questions papers’ leaks, there’s a leak everywhere and that the country’s “chowkidar” (watchman) — read PM Modi — is “weak”.

After news surfaced that UK data firm Cambridge Analytica (CA) was involved in harvesting data to influence US presidential elections, it was found that the firm has previously worked in India. As per Cambridge Analytica’s website, its services were used in the Bihar Assembly Elections in 2010 and the India partner of CA’s parent company allegedly worked with three political parties – BJP, Congress and JD(U).

A former CA employee turned whistleblower, on Tuesday when asked about the firm’s work in India, said, “I believe their client was Congress. But I know that they have done all kinds of projects. I don’t remember a national project, but I know regionally. I mean India is so big that you know that one state can be, you know, as big as Britain. But they do have offices there, they do have staff there. I believe I have some documentation on India, which I can also provide to the committee if that’s something of interest.” While documents released on Wednesday showed CA’s parent company, SCL Group had worked for the JD (U) in the 2010 Bihar elections.

Following allegations of leaks of question papers of Class X Mathematics and Class XII Economics, the CBSE on Wednesday announced that re-exams will be conducted soon. The decision has angered many students who have planned protests to force the Board to revert its decision.

In another incident, the poll date for the upcoming Karnataka Assembly Election was tweeted by BJP’s IT cell head, Amit Malviya, before it was announced by the Election Commission (EC). The commission on Tuesday formed a panel to investigate the leak in the poll date prior to the official EC announcement, and seeked a a report on the matter within seven days.

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