“Daily A New Lie”: BJP Hits Back At Rahul Gandhi Over Aarogya Setu App

'Daily A New Lie': BJP Hits Back At Rahul Gandhi Over Aarogya Setu App

Aarogya Setu is a powerful companion which protects people, Ravi Shankar Prasad said. (File)

New Delhi:

Hitting out at Rahul Gandhi for calling “Aarogya Setu” app a sophisticated surveillance system, the BJP on Saturday said the Congress leader spoke a “new lie” daily and retorted that those who indulged in surveillance all their lives won’t know how technology can be leveraged for good.

Senior party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is also communications, electronics and information technology minister, rejected Mr Gandhi’s charge that the app has been outsourced to a private operator and asserted that it has a robust data security architecture.

“Mr Gandhi, really high time that you stop outsourcing your tweets to your cronies who do not understand India,” he tweeted, adding that the app, which the government says is a tool in fighting the coronavirus, is being appreciated globally.

Attacking Rahul Gandhi, Mr Prasad said, “Daily a new lie. Aarogya Setu is a powerful companion which protects people. It has a robust data security architecture. Those who indulged in surveillance all their lives, won’t know how tech can be leveraged for good!”

The Congress leader had claimed that the app is a sophisticated surveillance system, outsourced to a private operator, and has no institutional oversight, raising serious data security and privacy concerns.

Technology can help keep us safe; but fear must not be leveraged to track citizens without their consent, he had said.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra took a swipe at Mr Gandhi, saying he refuses to grow up.

“He is not only ignorant about the Aarogya Setu App but is also being extremely irresponsible by trying to mislead the people through misinformation and falsities.

“The government on multiple occasions has allayed the fears of surveillance and that too scientifically.The said app is technical personal bodyguard to each one to fight COVID-19,” Mr Patra said.

Mr Gandhi refuses to understand, he said, adding that the Congress’s only aim in the times of pandemic appears to spread confusion and derail the nation”s fight against the pandemic.

“The Congress should refrain from using the pandemic as a political opportunity,” he said.

World

33,61,684Cases
20,61,735Active
10,60,859Recovered
2,39,090Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 187 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 33,61,684 and 2,39,090 have died; 20,61,735 are active cases and 10,60,859 have recovered as on May 2, 2020 at 5:48 pm.

India

37,776 2411Cases
26,535 1387Active
10,018 953Recovered
1,223 71Deaths
In India, there are 37,776 confirmed cases including 1,223 deaths. The number of active cases is 26,535 and 10,018 have recovered as on May 2, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

DistrictCases
Mumbai3029
Mumbai Sub Ur67
Yavatmal32
Aurangabad30
Ahmednagar27
Sholapur21
Buldhana21
Palaghar17
Ratnagiri7
Osmanabad3
Sindhudurg (kudal)2
Chandrapur2
Nandurbar1
Details Awaited*6842

11506 1008

9142 876

1879 106

485 26

DistrictCases
Ahmedabad1298
Vadodara188
Bhavnagar32
Gandhi Nagar17
Panchmahal11
Banaskantha10
Chhota Udepur7
Porbandar3
Mahisagar3
Gir Somnath3
Sabarkantha2
Details Awaited*2655

4721 326

3750 182

735 122

236 22

DistrictCases
Tj From Quaritine1080
Central Delhi184
South East130
West Delhi122
South Delhi70
North Delhi60
Shahadara48
South West Delhi42
East Delhi38
New Delhi37
North West Delhi32
North East Delhi25
Details Awaited*1870

3738 223

2510 148

1167 73

61 2

DistrictCases
Khandwa (east Nimar)32
Hoshangabad25
Jabalpur25
Sheopur-kalan4
Alirajpur3
Chindwara2
Tikamgarh1
Details Awaited*1180

2719

2050

524 42

145 8

DistrictCases
Jodhpur228
Bharatpur102
Banswara60
Iran Evacuees60
Jhunjhunu37
Jaisalmer32
Bhilwara28
Jhalawar20
Dungarpur5
Sawai Madhopur5
Hanumangarh3
Pratapgarh2
Details Awaited*1190

2666 82

1488

1116 280

62 4

DistrictCases
Chennai303
Coimbatore133
Tiruppur109
Dindigul76
Tirunelveli62
Chengalpattu53
Tiruchirapalli50
Namakkal50
Thiruvallur48
Thanjavur46
Nagapattinam44
Villupuram36
Thoothukudi27
Thiruvarur27
Cuddalore26
Virudhunagar19
Tirupattur17
Nagerkoil (kanyakumari)16
Sivagangai12
Tiruvannamalai12
Ramanathapuram11
Udagamandalam9
Kancheepuram9
Perambalur5
Kalllakurichi3
Pudukottai1
Details Awaited*1006

2526 203

1186 148

1312 54

28 1

DistrictCases
Lucknow167
Gautam Budha Nagar98
Saharanpur72
Firozabad58
Moradabad58
Ghaziabad41
Bulandshahar18
Varanasi14
Maharajganj6
Pratapgarh6
Muzaffar Nagar5
Lakhimpur Kheri4
Kanshi Ram Nagar (kasganj)3
Kaushambi2
Rae-bareilly2
Sultanpur1
Bara-banki1
Sant Kabir Nagar1
Shahjahanpur1
Sant Ravi Das Nagar (bhadoi)1
Allahabad1
Details Awaited*1279

2455 174

1756 71

656 101

43 2

DistrictCases
Kurnool158
Prakasam44
West Godavari35
Anantapur29
Chittoor28
East Godavari24
Visakhapatnam20
Details Awaited*879

1525 62

1051 24

441 38

33

DistrictCases
Hyderabad472
Suryapet75
Nizamabad56
Vikarabad36
Hyderabad Rural (ranga Reddy)35
Gadwal (jogulamba)32
Warangal25
Adilabad19
Karimnagar19
Nalgonda15
Mahaboobnagar12
Kamareddy11
Sangareddy8
Asifabad (komarambhim)5
Kothagudem (badadri)4
Siricilla (rajanna)3
Bhupalpally (jayashanker)3
Nagarkurnool2
Peddapally2
Mahabubabad1
Details Awaited*138

1057 18

590 18

441

26

DistrictCases
Kolkata184
North 24 Parganas46
Purba Mednipur21
South 24 Parganas9
Kalimpomg7
Paschim Burdwan7
Jalpaiguri5
Darjeeling4
Paschim Mednipur4
Diamond Harbour-hd3
Murshidabad2
Basirhat-hd1
Purba Burdwan1
Nandigram-hd1
Details Awaited*403

795

623

139

33

DistrictCases
Sasnagar61
Jalandhar48
Pathankot24
Nawanshahr (sbs Nagar)19
Ludhiana16
Amritsar11
Hoshiarpur7
Kapurthala2
Fatehgarh Sahib (sarhind)2
Gurdaspur1
Firozepur1
Details Awaited*527

772 415

640 392

112 22

20 1

DistrictCases
Bandipora81
Srinagar79
Baramulla43
Udhampur20
Ganderbal14
Details Awaited*289

639 25

384

247 31

8

DistrictCases
Belagavi42
Vijayapura32
Kalburgi27
Bengaluru (u)23
Bagalkote21
Chikkaballapur16
Dakshin Kannada14
Bengaluru (r)12
Uttara Kannada11
Davanagere2
Chitradurga1
Details Awaited*190

598 22

318

255 20

25 3

DistrictCases
Kasaragode170
Cannanore(kannur)92
Ernakulam24
Kozhicode (calicut)20
Malappuram20
Pathanamthitta17
Thiruvananthapuram14
Thrissur13
Alappuzha5
Details Awaited*90

498 1

102

392 9

4

DistrictCases
Begusarai9
Gopalganj3
Bhagalpur1
Lakhisarai1
Details Awaited*358

471 45

370 28

98 16

3 1

DistrictCases
Faridabad42
Panchkula18
Yamunanagar3
Kurukshetra2
Fatehabad1
Charkhi Dadri1
Details Awaited*120

360 47

129 28

227 18

4 1

DistrictCases
Khurda (bhuvaneshwar)46
Kalahandi2
Kendrapara2
Sundargarh2
Dhenkanal1
Details Awaited*86

154 11

98

55 14

1

DistrictCases
Hazaribagh3
Details Awaited*66

111

88

20

3

DistrictCases
Chandigarh26
Details Awaited*62

88 32

71 32

17

0

DistrictCases
Dehradun24
Udhamsingh Nagar4
Pauri Garhwal1
Details Awaited*12

58 1

21

37 1

0

DistrictCases
Rajnandgaon1
Details Awaited*7

43 3

7 3

36

0

DistrictCases
Kamrup Metro2
Hailakandi1
Karimganj1
Lakhimpur1
S Mancachar1
Details Awaited*8

43 1

10

32 3

1

DistrictCases
Details Awaited*1

40

9

30 2

1

DistrictCases
South Andaman16
Details Awaited*17

33

17

16

0

DistrictCases
Leh (ladakh)14
Details Awaited*8

22

5

17 1

0

DistrictCases
East Khasi Hills11
Details Awaited*1

12

11

0

1

DistrictCases
Puducherry6
Details Awaited*2

8

3

5

0

DistrictCases
North Goa6
South Goa1

7

0

7

0

DistrictCases
Imphal West1

2

0

2

0

DistrictCases
North Tripura1

2

0

2

0

DistrictCases
Aizwal West1

1

1

0

0

DistrictCases

1

0

1

0

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