‘Privilege motion moved by BJP MP invalid’: says Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor outside the Parliament buildingShashi Tharoor outside the Parliament | Source: ANI

New Delhi: A day after BJP MP Nishikant Dubey moved a privilege motion against Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, who heads the parliamentary standing committee on Information Technology, the latter on Thursday said that since no constituted procedure was followed in introducing the Privilege Motion, it has no validity.

Mr Tharoor made the comments while talking to ANI outside the Parliament.

Further addressing Dubey’s allegations on TMC MP Mahua Moitra, Tharoor questioned the BJP MP’s claims and asked that “how could he be aware of someone’s remarks at a meeting which never happened”. Tharoor further questioned that even if Dubey was present, how could he know when Dubey did not sign the register validating his presence at the meeting.

Dubey on Wednesday had claimed that Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra had called him a “Bihari gunda” during a meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology.

Dubey, the MP from Jharkhand’s Godda took to Twitter to say that Moitra’s “abusive language” has brought out into the open TMC’s hatred towards North Indians, especially Hindi-speaking people.

Tharoor’s remarks came at backdrop f the meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology to discuss the Pegasus snooping case with the ministry officials not being held on Wednesday as the required quorum wasn’t met.