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Tharoor faces party ire for ‘praising’ Modi

MP says he is astonished that anyone would suggest that he is pro-BJP

Written by Shaju Philip | Updated: October 8, 2014 2:54 pm
Shashi Tharoor was rapped by both the A and I groups in the state Congress

Days after Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said he felt “honoured” to accept Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to join the Swachh Bharat Mission, state party leaders on Monday threatened disciplinary action against him.

“The sentiment of the Congress workers is against Tharoor. It was the hard work of hundreds of Congress workers that ensured his victory in the Lok Sabha elections. He should have been aware of that. He should not have fallen into the trap laid by Modi,’’ said Kerala Congress president V M Sudheeran.

Cutting across factions, party leaders said Tharoor’s stand was deplorable and went against the basic tenets of the Congress. While state party vice-president V D Satheeshan said those who have communal agenda should be ousted from the party, several others sought disciplinary action against Tharoor.

Criticising Tharoor’s stand, Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said party workers had strong reservations in this regard. Sudheeran said they had received a complaint against the MP and the issue would be discussed with senior leaders including Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

Addressing a press conference, state party vice-president M M Hassan, a close aide of Chandy, said Tharoor should stop “praising” Modi and warned him of disciplinary action.

Party general secretary M Liju, a Chennithala loyalist, said Tharoor had failed to understand Modi’s communal agenda. The people have not elected him for patting Modi, he said.

Tharoor posted his defence on his Facebook page. “I am astonished that anyone would suggest that I am pro-BJP. I have a 30-year paper trail of published writings on my idea of India and my profound belief in India’s pluralism. Being receptive to specific statements or actions of BJP leaders does not remotely imply acceptance of the party’s core Hindutva agenda. The PM pitched his appeal as a non-political one and I received it in that spirit. I am a proud Congressman and a proud Indian. In short: not pro-BJP, just pro-India,’’ he said.

As criticism against him mounted, Tharoor later tweeted, “Deeply concerned by reports of 5 killed and 50 injured in Pakistani shelling today. Over 100 ceasefire violations on LoC since BJP came into power.”

On Thursday, Tharoor, one of the nine eminent persons invited by Modi to join the Swachh Bharat Mission, had tweeted, “Honoured to accept the invitation of PM @narendramodi to join Clean India campaign. Just landed in Bucharest & heard the news. Action on return.”

In a series of tweets, where he tagged Modi and other BJP leaders, Tharoor said he would take action on it after returning to India.

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    Bob
    Oct 6, 2014 at 6:16 pm
    Shashi tharoor, stop blabbering and just answer two questions. How did Sunanda Pushkar die? and Why did Sunanda Pushkar die?
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    1. Amit Sood
      Oct 6, 2014 at 5:12 pm
      Mr Tharoor, pity that you have to forfeit your 'freedom of expression' for the sake of 'anti BJP ideology'. Anything and everything, that you speak, and is 'advantage BJP' will be taken as an evidence against you, no matter how much of national interest it is.
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        Rangaesh Gadasalli
        Oct 6, 2014 at 6:05 pm
        Congress party is hitting a self goal. is not the duty of an MP irrespective of political affiliations to respect and cooperative on all matters of national importance? So if Congress party ooposes Modi's Pak policy, them Taroor should bat for stan. right? if shashi taroor has self respect, he should become an independent MP or join Nationalist congress lead by Sharad pawar. Soniaji has political rights in Italy and her orders are not paramount for India;s interests. Modi; can be questioned and criticized but he should be supported on all national issues and policies which benefit all.is it not a joke that the party calls Modi authoritarian is following gag orders on its own MPS and carries Indira hi's photo who tried to be a first dictator of India.
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          Rangaesh Gadasalli
          Oct 6, 2014 at 6:14 pm
          Dear Mr Shashi Tarror welcome to NDA. join any party you like. if you don't like congress lead by an Italian lady, join the congress under sharad pawar. do you have guts?
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          1. Kapil Dev Suri
            Oct 6, 2014 at 1:38 pm
            where are the previous comments
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