NEW DELHI- Hitting out at the BJP, Congress accused the ruling party of manufacturing fake news. "Hitler had an associate called Goebbels, Modi ji has an associate called Ravi Shankar Prasad.
BJP government has become a manufacturer of fake news. Sabse bade data chor macha rahe hain sabse zyada shor (The biggest data thieves are making the most noise)," Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said on Thursday.
His comment comes hours after Ravi Shankar Prasad had said that the Gandhi scion used <link> the services of Cambridge Analytics in Gujarat Assembly elections in 2017. Addressing a press conference, Prasad said that Rahul must come clean on the issue. He also cited media reports during Gujarat elections regarding the issue to assert his point.
"The Congress has maintained conspicuous silence (on their ties with Cambridge Analytica). Rahul Gandhi's entire social media campaign has been managed with the help of Cambridge Analytica and they have had meetings also," he added.
Earlier in the day, Rahul took to microblogging site Twitter alleging that the data leak story was invented by the government to divert attention from the issue of killing of Indians in Iraq’s Mosul by terrorist group Islamic State.
Rahul tweeted that media networks bit the "bait", making the issue of death of 39 Indians in Iraq "vanish from radar". He said that the Narendra Modi government was "caught lying" on the issue.