TDP government rejected Pegasus offer to sell spyware: Lokesh

Amaravati, March 17 (IANS): Telugu Desam Party (TDP) General Secretary Nara Lokesh revealed on Thursday that his party’s previous government in Andhra Pradesh had rejected Pegasus’ offer to sell its spyware to the state.

Lokesh, who was information technology minister in the TDP cabinet led by his father N. Chandrababu Naidu, clarified that the TDP government did not purchase any spyware.

“Yes, Pegasus also offered to sell its spyware to the AP government, but we rejected it,” he told reporters.

Lokesh denied that the TDP government purchased or used spyware. “We never engaged in illegal wiretapping. If the government bought the spyware, there would be a recording.”

He was reacting to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s alleged claim that the government of Chandrababu Naidu had purchased the Pegasus Spyware. “She was misinformed. If we had resorted to such things, Jagan Mohan Reddy would not have come to power in 2019,” he said.

“I don’t know if she actually said that, and where and in what context. If she said that, she is definitely misinformed,” Lokesh said, adding that Chandrababu Naidu would never engage in such illegal acts.

“If there had been such a thing, would the (current) Jagan regime spare us? Over the past three years, they have tried every trick to fix us in one thing or another but failed. , because we have done nothing wrong,” said Lokesh, a member of the Legislative Council.

Lokesh further stated that immediately after taking office, Jagan Reddy had all files in IT and all other departments thoroughly inspected. He would have taken action if an illegal act had been discovered, he added.

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