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Tharoor’s conduct ‘incorrigible’, violated IT panel’s ‘confidentiality’: BJP MP ups the ante in letter to Speaker

BJP MP Nishikant Dubey also took exception to Tharoor's referring to Republic TV as 'Repulsive TV'.

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Updated: October 20, 2020 7:00:22 am
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BJP MP Nishikant Dubey, who had sought removal of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor as the IT panel chairman over the Facebook row, has now written to Speaker Om Birla accusing Tharoor of “violating the confidentiality clause again”. He also appealed to consider nominating him to some other committee.

Pointing out that Tharoor’s tweet on Sunday questioning the corporates about the “funding” to the television channels, Dubey said Tharoor has “compromised the Confidentiality Clause” given in the Speaker’s Direction for the parliamentary panels.

The IT panel, reconstituted recently and Tharoor was re-appointed as its chairman, is looking into the fake Television Rating Points scam after the Mumbai police said that their investigation revealed three news channels manipulated the numbers in their favour.

“Since the conduct of Tharoor has now become incorrigible I – being a public representative for the third consecutive term – feel pained and therefore, to request your goodself to kindly consider nominating me to some other committee so that I would once again be able to participate in the deliberations of the Parliamentary Committee in an effective manner,” Dubey, MP from Jharkhand wrote in his letter to the Speaker.

In a series of tweets, Tharoor had questioned the corporates for giving their advertisements to certain channels. “Should such reputable companies be financing hate through ads on RepulsiveTV?: Raymonds, MuthootGroup, Jio, MaxBupa, Kent, AirIndia, Star Health Insurance, Nissan, Dabur, Mahindra, Amazon, Samsung, Sony, Maruti, Nerolac, Toyota. Can they find the moral courage to be like Parle?

“These are no better since they pay for news on TimesNow: Cadbury, Toyota, Hyundai, Nerolac, Birla Group, Amul, Skoda, Mercedes, Ceat, Samsung, Bluestar, HDFC, Sony, TCS. They “fund the toxicity, the hatred and bigotry, which our news channels spew 24×7,” Tharoor had said.

Dubey also took exception to Tharoor’s referring to Republic TV as “Repulsive TV”. “It is also an abject display of truant behavior on the part of Dr Tharoor to abusively call the Republic TV as Repulsive TV ‘ and also making unsubstantiated insinuations and rant against various reputable Companies / Entities like Raymonds, Air India, Maritu, Dabur, etc.,” Dubey wrote in his letter.

During the committee’s last tenure, Dubey had written to the Speaker seeking Tharoor’s removal from the post of chairperson alleging that Tharoor had been running affairs of the committee in a “thoroughly unprofessional manner and to serve his political agenda of spreading rumours and defaming” BJP and its members.

The controversy erupted after Tharoor summoned the Facebook seeking an explanation on The Wall Street Journal report which stated that a senior public policy executive of Facebook “opposed applying hate-speech rules” to at least four individuals and groups linked with the BJP even after they were “flagged internally for promoting or participating in violence”.

Opposition sources from the standing committee have told The Indian Express that Dubey has not attended meetings of the panel since it was reconstituted and that this issue was not discussed in the committee and hence, there is no question of confidentiality violation.

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