Sam Pitroda

Do n’t need advice from BJP: Pitroda

Bhubaneswar: Sam Pitroda on Saturday hit back at Odisha unit of BJP, which demanded his removal as Technical Advisor to the state government in wake of the WannaCry ransom ware attack.

“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.

Reacting to Odisha BJP on his absence during WannaCry attack in the state, Odisha’s technology advisor said, “Regarding #WannaCry I have little to add. Cyber Security related issues are serious matters world over and need domain experts.”

BJP’s state unit Vice-President Samir Mohanty had recently alleged that Pitroda was involved in National Herald case and he must be removed from the post.

BJP activists also staged a demonstration seeking to know about Pitroda s performance and contribution since he was made Technical Advisor to the state government.

BJP Spokesperson Sajjan Sharma had earlier alleged that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had given Pitroda a Cabinet Minister rank because of an internal tie-up between BJD and Congress.

He also questioned Pitroda’s absence at a time when WannaCry virus affected several computer data systems in the state.