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Tharoor retained as head of the parliamentary group on IT despite objection from the BJP MP

New Delhi: Despite objections from the ruling Bharatiya Janata (BJP) party, Congressman Shashi Tharoor was retained as head of the Parliamentary Information Technology Committee.

The ANI news agency reported on this development as Tharoor’s chairmanship of the former standing committee had been repeatedly criticized by BJP MP Nishikant Dubey.

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The mandate of the previous committees had previously ended on 12 September.

In early July, the BJP MP had moved a “notice of privilege” in the office of the Lok Sabha president against Tharoor for allegedly abusing his power as head of the Standing Parliamentary Committee for Information and Technology, he reported. The Indian Express earlier.

The Information Technology panel, which was supposed to discuss the issue of Pegasus spyware, called officials from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Department of Telecommunications on the topic of “Citizens” Security of data and Privacy ‘.

The meeting, however, could not take place as 10 BJP members present did not sign the attendance register and therefore ensured that there was no quorum.

Tharoor had previously told the media that the BJP MP’s motion has no “validity” as no established procedure has been followed in introducing the motion, which requires the president to be discharged from the House before it can be filed.

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Godda’s deputy, Jharkhand, had in a separate letter written to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Dubey claimed that Tharoor violated the committee’s rules as “he has become a precursor to all vicious activities”.

The BJP MP had sent Facebook a privilege violation notice against the committee chair following the legal notice from Tharoor, the deputy from Thiruvananthapuram, asking to appear before the IT panel.

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