The confrontation between BJP MP Nishikant Dubey and veteran Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has once again been seen. The matter came to the fore in the Lok Sabha over a remark during the discussion on a bill related to the salary and condition of service of judges. The Congress MP termed the personal allegation and raised the matter during zero hour in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. Although, both the MPs did not take each other’s name, but they were definitely seen answering each other with their words.
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Congress MP Shashi Tharoor spoke during the session on Thursday without naming Dubey. “A remark was made during the discussion on the bill relating to the salaries of judges… It was said that if the case is pending against them, they should also not participate in the discussion,” he said. There is no case pending against me. But even if there is a pending case against me or any other member, how can I be stopped from participating in the discussion? Tharoor also said, ‘It should be ensured that this should not happen to anyone in future’.
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During Zero Hour itself, Nishikant Dubey, without naming Tharoor, said, “President sir, you have made a rule not to speak outside the Bill… Allegations should not be leveled here on matters which are under consideration of the court.” Turning to the opposition, he said, ‘If you raise one finger, four fingers will be pointed at you.’
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Dubey also raised the issue of making Tharoor the chairman of the IT committee.
This is not the first time that the two leaders have come face to face. Earlier in the reconstitution of parliamentary standing committees, senior Congress leader and MP Shashi Tharoor was appointed as the chairman of the Information Technology (IT) Parliamentary Party. At that time also BJP MP from Godda in Jharkhand Nishikant had opened the front. There was also a heated debate between the two in Parliament.
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There was a ‘confrontation’ between Shashi Tharoor and BJP MP Nishikant Dubey in August last year over Facebook. Congress MP and head of the Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology Shashi Tharoor had issued a breach of privilege notice against Nishikant Dubey. In the notice, it was alleged on behalf of Shashi Tharoor that Nishikant Dubey made ‘derogatory remarks’ in social media on the decision to convene a meeting of the committee regarding the Facebook episode.
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The matter had reached the Speaker of the Lok Sabha
Where were the BJP MPs going to sit quietly when they got the notice from Tharoor? Nishikant Dubey also retaliated and sent a breach of privilege notice to former Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor. This ‘fight’ had even reached Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. BJP MP Nishikant Dubey wrote a letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla demanding the removal of Shashi Tharoor from the post of committee chairman. However, senior Congress leader and MP Shashi Tharoor was again appointed as the chairman of the Parliamentary Party on Information Technology (IT).
(with input from agency)