Accusing Tharoor of ‘affair’, Sunanda says will seek ‘divorce’

Comments come after minister claims his Twitter account was ‘hacked’.

New Delhi | Updated: January 16, 2014 2:42 pm
Shashi Tharoor with wife Sunanda Pushkar. (Photo: Express Archive) Shashi Tharoor with wife Sunanda Pushkar. (Photo: Express Archive)

Union Minister Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Tharoor Wednesday alleged that her husband was having an “extra-marital affair” with a Pakistan-based journalist and that she would “seek divorce”.

Sunanda Tharoor was speaking to The Indian Express shortly after the minister claimed his Twitter account had been hacked. His claim came after purported controversial tweets were posted from his account and were believed to be addressed to the Pakistan-based journalist.

“Sorry folks, my @Twitter account has been hacked & will be temporarily deactivated. Bear with me while we solve this,” the minister tweeted.

His purported tweets, however, caused his wife to react to them with tweets of her own. In one of them, she said the Pakistani journalist was “stalking” her husband.

“I completely stand by my tweets, I 100 per cent stand by that,” Sunanda Tharoor later told The Indian Express. “That woman pursued and pursued him…men are stupid anyways…for all you know she is a Pakistani agent. Where’s love, where’s loyalty in this world…I am so distraught.”

Sunanda Tharoor said she felt “destroyed as a wife and a woman” over her husband’s “rip-roaring affair” with the Pakistani journalist which she claimed had been going on since April last year.

Sunanda Tharoor also claimed there have been a series of Blackberry Messenger exchanges between her husband and the Pakistani journalist in which, among other things, the possibilities of his divorce with her have also been discussed.

Asked what her next move would be, Sunanda Tharoor said she would seek a divorce from Shashi Tharoor. The Congress minister of state for human resource development and MP from Thiruvananthapuram married the Dubai-based entrepreneur in August 2010.

Shashi Tharoor did not respond to several calls and messages from The Indian Express seeking his comment.

The minister, who has more than 20 lakh followers on Twitter, was in trouble in 2009 after he tweeted that he would travel “cattle class” in solidarity with all our “holy cows” when the Congress was trying to enforce austerity.

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First Published on: January 16, 2014 4:36 am
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    Kit Walker
    Jan 16, 2014 at 3:13 pm
    I used to like this guys until he joined congress.. After that it has been downhill for him..
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      DR RAMANUJA
      Jan 16, 2014 at 3:09 pm
      What about 43 years young????????? Any KONGRESS answer
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        Abs
        Jan 17, 2014 at 7:59 am
        True !
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          abusran
          Jan 16, 2014 at 3:59 am
          Sunanda talking of love and loyalty? Sou chuhe kaake billi chali haj pe.
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            Guest
            Jan 16, 2014 at 2:07 pm
            Oh really? Is it so offensive when someone spreads rumours about your idol?Then haven't you seen BJP trolls on internet throwing muck at AAP all the time? All AAP has been doing was question BJP's and Congress's stand on corruption and other national issues.Kabhi khud ko bhi shishe me dekh lo..
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              Guest
              Jan 16, 2014 at 2:10 pm
              Oh really? Defending the ones who always spread rumours?Haven't you seen BJPtards on internet throwing muck at AAP all the time? All AAP has been doing was question BJP's and Congress's stand on graft and other national issues.
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                Guest
                Jan 16, 2014 at 2:11 pm
                Oh really? Defending the ones who always spread rumours?Haven't you seen BJP on internet throwing muck at AAP all the time? All AAP has been doing was question BJP's and Congress's stand on graft and other national issues.
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                  Guest
                  Jan 16, 2014 at 2:13 pm
                  Oh really? Defending the ones who always spread rumours?Haven't you seen BJP throwing tantrums at AAP all the time? All AAP did to offend was question BJP's and Congress's stand on corruption and other national issues.
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                    Guest
                    Jan 16, 2014 at 2:14 pm
                    HAVE U MET MODI ORDERING SNOOPING DID ANY CASE MAKE HIM GUILTY STOP SPREADING RUMOURS AND DONT SPEAK OUT OF CONTEXT HOW MANY SNOOPING CASES U HAV COME ACROSS SPYING ON THEM/?
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                      Guest
                      Jan 16, 2014 at 2:16 pm
                      Will AAP ever receive this level of discount from you?
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                        Guest
                        Jan 16, 2014 at 2:16 pm
                        Will ever this level of discount from you?
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                          Realist
                          Jan 16, 2014 at 6:44 am
                          Very unfortunate. hath no fury like a woman scorned - and in this case, two. Hope it all ends well for ST.Disclaimer: Just saying this as a well-wisher, I have no political interest/affiliations.
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                            Concerned Citizen
                            Jan 16, 2014 at 3:53 am
                            Isn't it some kind of national security threat if our cabinet minister has an affair with a Pak journalist? Don't these guys have even simple notions of responsibilities?
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                              Gabriel Taye
                              Jan 17, 2014 at 5:28 am
                              Men are stupid always.... then why did she marry Tharoor??? She could have chosen me.
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                                Dr. Ganesh
                                Jan 16, 2014 at 3:34 am
                                He is a very immoral person. He was speaking very high about his wife. All people who speaks high are hypocrites and are extremely bad.
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                                  harkol
                                  Jan 16, 2014 at 1:42 am
                                  At times I wonder if Shashi Tharoor is a wolf in sheep's clothing!Or is he simply nuts to get embroiled in controversies of personal nature repeatedly?
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                                    kalyan
                                    Jan 16, 2014 at 5:22 am
                                    The cattle cow/holy cows comment reinforces the thought of the governing cl of Indians. time to get rid of them entirely.
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                                      Happy
                                      Jan 16, 2014 at 1:57 pm
                                      In fact Sharma was snooping on that girl but right now Sharma is under congress protection.
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                                        Happy
                                        Jan 16, 2014 at 1:54 pm
                                        Looks like you are congress man. Snooping word is coming from Congress mouth for propaa purpose and looks like you are propaa team member.
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                                          Happy
                                          Jan 16, 2014 at 1:55 pm
                                          Raul and his mafia girl friend.
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                                            BABAREBABA
                                            Jan 16, 2014 at 3:50 pm
                                            Responsibilities? con gress politicians responsibility is towards their pockets only. And, then cong ress always had a soft corner for ...did they not feed biryani to their -- minister during his indian visit forgetting our brave soldiers???????
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