On Saturday, Sam Pitroda lashed out at the Odisha BJP unit for demanding his removal as the Technical Advisor to the state government in the wake of WannaCry ransomware attack. BJP’s state unit Vice-President Samir Mohanty had recently alleged Pitroda of his involvement with the National Herald case, demanding that he should be removed from the post.
“At 75 with 50 years of experience, I do not need advice from you @BJP4Odisha on what and how to execute,” Pitroda said in a series of tweets. Notably, Pitroda has played a crucial role in renovating India’s telecom sector.
Besides the allegation, the BJP activists also staged a protest in hunt of Pitroda’s performance and contribution since he was made Technical Advisor to the state government. BJP Spokesperson Sajjan Sharma had previously alleged that Pitroda has been given the position by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik because of an internal tie-up between BJD and Congress.
Claiming that he is true to his job, Pitroda said he takes it seriously for the people of Odisha. “At 75 nor do I need salary, title, privilege and perks of any type. Titles do not matter for me,” Pitroda tweeted.
Saying that he is working for the people as Odisha is his birth place, he tweeted “I do not understand how One Rupee salary is considered a hoax by you all. Does it mean that taking salary is not a hoax,”
Regarding WannaCry, Pitroda’s tweet said: “I have little to add. The cyber security related issue are serious matter world over and need domain experts.”
“To educate yourself @BJPOdisha, I recommend that you read my recent Biography- Dreaming Big: My Journey 2 Connect India,” Pitroda added.