NEW DELHI: The Congress and its ally TMC rushed to claim credit over who batted for net neutrality first after a TRAI report recommended the same.
Noting the party was happy over the TRI report, the Congress posted a video link of Rahul Gandhi’s Lok Sabha speech on net neutrality to show its leader’s concern over the issue which was widely debated among the youth in the country.
“We are happy to hear @TRAI's recommendations on #NetNeutrality in India. Here is Congress VP Rahul Gandhi advocating for it in Lok Sabha in 2015,” the Congress tweeted.
Rahul’s close aide and former minister of state for IT and communications Milind Deora also welcomed the Trai report and pointed out how he, as a junior minister in the previous UPA government, floated the idea of net neutrality first.
“Good to see @TRAI uphold the principles of #NetNeutrality. First ideated by UPA as “non-discriminatory access” when I was MoS, Communications & IT,” Deora tweeted.
“Unfortunately in the US, landmark 2015 net neutrality rules being scrapped by @FCC,” he noted.
Not to be left behind, TMC leader Derek O’Brien credited the TRAI report to party president and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and said that people’s voice was being better represented by smaller parties inside the parliament.
“Big win for Trinamool @MamataOfficial & all internet users #NetNeutrality raised first #InsideParliament by us 2015. Watch video clip of my speech in RS,” O’Brien tweeted and cited a video of his Rajya Sabha speech and a newspaper article written by him to connect with the people.
“Feel vindicated with today's #News Here is a piece I wrote for TOI in early 2016. People's voice being represented better by smaller parties,” he said.
In 2015, several opposition parties had protested against net neutrality inside parliament after a TRAI consultation paper on the issue had generated a huge controversy. These parties apprehended that the consultation paper was an attempt by some telecom and internet service providers.