Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's swipe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and NaMo app met with furious remarks from BJP on Sunday.
In the ongoing war of words on possible misuse of user data in election manipulation, Rahul Gandhi on Sunday tweeted: "Hi! My name is Narendra Modi. I am India's Prime Minister. When you sign up for my official App, I give all your data to my friends in American companies."
The Congress chief also criticised media for 'not giving the news its due coverage'. "Thanks mainstream media, you're doing a great job of burying this critical story, as always," he added.
In response to Gandhi's allegations, BJP issued a statement saying that his tweets show that 'he and his party have zero knowledge of technology'. "All they can do is scare the masses about technology while they continue to steal data using his ‘Brahmastra’ of Cambridge Analytica," the BJP statement said.
"Rahul Gandhi is in sublime form these days. After MRI & NCC, today he exposes his great knowledge about technology. He is so rattled by the Cambridge Analyitca expose that he daily tries to divert attention from it, yesterday it was the judiciary and today it is Namo App," it added.
The statement further claimed that Rahul Gandhi was no match for PM Modi.
"We all know that Rahul Gandhi is no match for Narendra Modi. But seeing his fright about the Namo App, is very amusing. When his bots tried to trend #DeleteNamoApp day before yesterday, the popularity and downloads of Namo App only increased. Today, it will be no different!," it said.
BJP, in its statement, clarified that Narendra Modi App gives access to users in ‘guest mode’ without even any permission or data. The permissions required are all contextual and cause-specific