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Sam Pitroda resigns as IT Advisor to Odisha govt

 Under fire for alleged inaction during ransomware WannaCry attacks and appointment as chairman of Overseas Congress Department of the All India Congress Committee (AICC), Sam Pitroda today resigned from the post of  IT Advisor to the State government. Sources said, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has accepted Pitroda’s resignation.

The State unit of BJP was vociferous in its demand for resignation of Pitroda after he was appointed the chairman of the Overseas Congress Department of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) recently.

The State’s IT Advisor was in news recently for his alleged inaction over WannaCry ransomware attacks across the State. Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had slammed Pitroda for his inaction even as computers of government offices were hacked by the ransomware.

BJP state vice-president Samir Mohanty had recently demanded Pitroda’s resignation from the post. He had alleged that Pitroda was also involved in the National Herald case. “There should be no doubt over the existence of nexus between the ruling BJD and opposition Congress in the state which is not a good sign for the people,” he said adding that BJP would further intensify its agitation till the removal of Pitroda.

The BJP leaders claimed that the people of Odisha have always suffered due to such alliances between the ruling party and the opposition.

“It is wrong to say that the ruling BJD is maintaining equal distance from both Congress and BJP. We can claim that Naveen babu has been maintaining zero distance with Congress and Sonia Gandhi,” Sharma had said.

Pitroda, a renowned telecom expert and inventor had hit back at the BJP for criticizing him on his "non-performance" as a technical advisor to the State government.  In a series of tweets, Pitroda said he is very clear about his role and responsibilities and doesn't need advice from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Pitroda suggested the party read his autobiography "Dreaming Big: My Journey to Connect India" instead of questioning his capability.  He clarified that he joined as the technical advisor to the State government because of his love for and respect for Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his birthplace Odisha.  Pitroda had been accorded cabinet rank.


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From asking his party men to ‘live a simple life and serve the people’ to taunting the BJP for its ‘crocodile tears’, Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik has not only become politically invincible, he seems to be so in the coming years too.


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