Shashi Tharoor writes to party explaining praise for Modi

Tharoor's letter comes against the backdrop of strong criticism from Congress MP Mani Shankar Aiyar calling him "immature" and a "chameleon.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: June 6, 2014 6:31 pm
The Congress party itself had yesterday distanced itself from Tharoor's praise of Modi and said they were his personal views. The Congress party itself had yesterday distanced itself from Tharoor’s praise of Modi and said they were his personal views.

Under attack from within, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Friday wrote to the party explaining his controversial praise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi making it clear that he stood committed to the organisation and the principles of secularism.

In a letter to Ajay Maken, Chairman of the AICC Communication Department, he has said “by praising him (Modi) for specific things, we help frame public expectation of his continued behaviour and raise the bar against which we will judge him in future”.

Tharoor’s letter comes against the backdrop of strong criticism from Congress MP Mani Shankar Aiyar calling him “immature” and a “chameleon.  He had said yesterday he  was “deeply disappointed” that an “intelligent” man like Tharoor should want to rush to judgement in this manner and come out with this effusive remarks.

Another senior leader Digvijay Singh on Friday advised Tharoor, who had written an article in an American news website in which he head said Modi was looking to turn himself from a “hate figure into an avatar of modernity and progress”, not to jump to conclusions.

The Congress party itself had yesterday distanced itself from Tharoor’s praise of Modi and said they were his personal views.

Party sources today said that the party feels the matter should be put to rest now with Tharoor’s explanation.

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    Jun 7, 2014 at 12:21 am
    Mr Tharoor Don't waste your talent for next 10 years , your chances of survival in congress is very slim look for alternate path to use it
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    Arvind
    Jun 6, 2014 at 12:59 pm
    Tharoor is right. It is immature to criticise the right actions of the PM. There are ideological differences between the Congress a left wing party and BJP a right wing party. Those must remain. Correct administrative measures if taken by either party in the interest of better governance are in the interest of the people. The Congress would be immature to oppose the PM and the ruling party for the sake of opposing. It must become a credible opposition in its new role, which in a democracy is as important to protect the people against the excesses of the ruling party.
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    Critical_Thinker
    Jun 6, 2014 at 2:22 pm
    Manishankar is intellectually bankrupt bhadva. A simple minded ( or devious minded ) pimp for Nehru family.
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    Avinash Vairat
    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:21 am
    :fixmonthlypaid/?inv...
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    Damaru Prasad
    Jun 6, 2014 at 1:49 pm
    He thinks he is smart. Now we know his stint wth UN was misplaced. He is Kejriwal by other name and nature.
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    Harsh
    Jun 6, 2014 at 1:30 pm
    And yes, I do not know why Shashi Tharoor has to explain about his comment to Ajay Maken and heights .. Mani Shankar Aiyar ???
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    Harsh
    Jun 6, 2014 at 1:28 pm
    I feel for sensible Shashi Tharoor. I thought the congress was taking note of the change in the behavioral pattern of their opponent, and it was a good sign. But alas, it was only Shashi who was taking note and rightly so. We must not forget it is the same Shashi who has been personally jibed by the person he praised, yet he showed maturity.At least he has come out as a different congressmen. Congress needs such realistic people, otherwise the gap between the 2nd and 3rd largest party in lok sabha is just 7..
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    Humane Voice
    Jun 6, 2014 at 2:52 pm
    Before admitting Shashi Tharoor in Congress and later making him minister (ignoring hundreds of other leaders who has spent entire generation and in some cases multi- generations loyally for Congress) the Congress leadership should have thought that Shashi Tharoor was not a carrier politician but career oriented person and being career oriented could switch sides or praise anyone who is winner or for that matter a success and never failures.Now Congress must know, the real skill of leadership is not in managing success and attract more but managing defeats and keeping own folk together while rebuilding for next battle.
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