New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday launched an attack at the Congress for yet another “expose” of its links with the controversial data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica, saying that it cannot continue to be in denial mode.
The remarks from BJP leaders come amid a video screen footage of Cambridge Analytica’s suspended Chief Executive Officer Alexander Nix’s London office that shows a poster with Congress’ hand symbol.
Meanwhile, in a tweet Christopher Wylie, a former employee of Cambridge Analytica, wrote “I’ve been getting a lot of requests from Indian journalists, so here are some of SCL’s past projects in India. To the most frequently asked question yes SCL/CA works in India and has offices there. This is what modern colonialism looks like”.
I've been getting a lot of requests from Indian journalists, so here are some of SCL's past projects in India. To the most frequently asked question – yes SCL/CA works in India and has offices there. This is what modern colonialism looks like. pic.twitter.com/v8tOmcmy3z
— Christopher Wylie 🏳️🌈 (@chrisinsilico) March 28, 2018
“Congress has been caught red-handed with their hand poster; there is no escape,” senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said.
Another party leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, also a Union Minister, said the Congress has only betrayed its “mindset” by trying to indulge in data theft along with a foreign company, to influence polls.
“This is a dangerous game and reflects their mindset,” he said, adding “when in power, the Congress leaders spied each other, now in Opposition, they are trying to spy on the simpleton people”.
SCL India is an offshoot of Cambridge Analytica. In one section – 2007 Kerala, West Bengal, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh, he claims, “SCL India was asked to undertake a research communication campaign to support a trans-national programmer for countering the Non-Desired Behaviour (NDB) of recruitment into, and support of, violent Jihadism.
‘The project focused on ancillary populations as opposed to perpetrators of violent Jihadism themselves and required an in-depth motivational understanding of the populations of six states. Its reach in India is said to include a head office in Ghaziabad, with regional offices in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Cuttack, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Patna and Pune.