New Delhi: Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) MP Nishikant Dubey on Friday (July 30) urged Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla to “initiate urgent action and dismiss” Congress leader Shashi Tharoor from the parliamentary standing committee on information technology’s chairmanship, saying otherwise he will continue to raise “irrelevant issues”.
The demand for Tharoor’s removal comes days after the committee was set to question government officials on the Pegasus spyware issue.
The meeting which was scheduled for Wednesday could not take place as the panel’s BJP members panel did not sign the attendance register, even though they were present in the meeting room along with members from the opposition, leading to a lack of quorum.
In a letter to Speaker , Dubey said that a majority of members have exhibited their ”No Confidence” on the continuance of Tharoor as chairperson of the committee.
He alleged that Tharoor is involved in questionable activities, inside the House as well as in the committee to tarnish the image of the democracy.
“I once again request your good self to initiate urgent action against Dr Shashi Tharoor and dismiss him from the chairmanship of the Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology as otherwise he would continue raising irrelevant issues before you and the media…,” the BJP MP said.
“It is also a matter of record that till date, no Parliamentary Committee – either serviced by Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha – has ever initiated any privilege proceedings against the officials of the Government of India who expressed their inability to appear before any Committee due to administrative exigencies,” Dubey said.
“But, Dr. Tharoor, who is known for his ”eccentric nature” as well as ”acute psychological disorder and disorientation” has not honoured this tacit ”concept of mutual respect” between the two organs of the governance i.e., the ”Executive” and the ”Legislature”, purely due to his parochial objective of loosening the noose of his ”sacking” from the chairmanship of the committee on information technology,” he alleged.
(With inputs from PTI)