Parliamentary panel reduced to ping-pong match: Shashi Tharoor slams Pegasus debate

Prime News, National, Constitution, Democracy, New Delhi, July 30:- Amid a row with BJP MPs over the Parliamentary panel headed by him raising questions over the Pegasus row, Congress Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor said “some elements” have reduced it to a “ping pong match,” going against the spirit of the Parliament.

Asked about reports of BJP MP Nishikant Dubey moving a privilege motion against him, Tharoor told reporters that it has no validity as no constituted procedure was followed in introducing the motion that requires the Speaker to get the leave of the House before it can be introduced.

Hitting back, Nishikant Dubey said Shashi Tharoor is unaware of the rules and has gone into frustration as he is focused more on becoming the leader of his party in Lok Sabha in place of Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.

Reports have said Nishikant Dubey had moved a “privilege notice” in the Speaker’s office against Shashi Tharoor for allegedly misusing his power as the head of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information and Technology. It will be for Speaker Om Birla to decide the fate of the notice.

The panel that was set to question government officials on Wednesday on the Pegasus spyware issue was postponed due to lack of quorum.

BJP members of the panel who were present in the meeting room didn’t sign the attendance register in protest leading to a lack of quorum required for holding the meeting. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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