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BJP Warns Twitter Of Repercussions After Its Officials Refuse To Appear Before Parliamentary Panel

The Bharatiya Janata Party warned Twitter Inc. of "repercussions" after the social network company's chief executive officer and top officials declined to appear before the parliamentary committee on information technology, saying no agency has the right to disrespect institutions of the country.

The parliamentary panel had summoned Twitter CEO and officials over the issue of safeguarding citizens' rights on social media platforms.

"In any country, no agency has the right to disrespect the institutions of that country. In this situation, if Twitter is disrespecting the established institution of Parliament, then there are repercussions," BJP Spokesperson and Member of Parliament Meenakshi Lekhi told reporters.

There are repercussions because in any democratic country, institutions need to be respected by the world powers. If there is any violation of any sort, then there are repercussions to those violations. The institutions need to be respected.
Meenakshi Lekhi, Spokesperson, BJP

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The parliamentary committee, headed by BJP MP Anurag Thakur, had issued a summon to Twitter via an official letter on Feb. 1. Its meeting was scheduled for Feb. 7, but was later postponed to Feb. 11 to allow the Twitter CEO and senior officials more time to make themselves available, sources in the panel said.

Twitter cited "short notice of the hearing" as the reason, despite being given 10 days to travel, the sources said.