Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has written a letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla against Congress’ Shashi Tharoor, PTI reported.

This comes after Tharoor expressed his intent to summon Facebook officials before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, which he heads. 

Rathore, who is also a member of the committee, said that Tharoor cannot summon the officials before discussing the matter in the committee.

“Issuing statements as to who would be summoned and what would be the agenda of the meeting is absolutely uncalled for and is violation of the procedures of the Lok Sabha. The proclivity of the IT committee chairman to speak to media first undermines the functioning of the committee members and the committee itself,” PTI quoted Rathore as saying.

He said, the IT committee members have no issue on “summoning whosoever the committee feels needs to be summoned for the protection of the rights of citizens of our country” but added that the matter should be discussed in the panel first.

As per a report published in the Wall Street Journal, Facebook India ignored instances of hate speeches by BJP members.

Tharoor on Sunday had said that he’ll summon Facebook officials to speak on the issue. BJP’s Nishikant Dubey, also a committee member, shot back saying that the former didn’t have the authority to summon the officials.

What followed was a war of words between the two MPs and filing breach of privilege petitions against each other.