Disregarding the opposition he faced for having supported the Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Mission, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor launched a cleaning drive in his constituency here on Saturday.
Inaugurating the cleaning drive at Vizhinjam coast, a part of his constituency, Tharoor reiterated his earlier stand that Swachh Bharat Mission is the dream of Mahatma Gandhi. Recently, the Congress removed Tharoor from the post of party spokesman after state leadership sought action against him.
“As a Congress worker, I would not leave cleaning the country to any other party. Swachh Bharat is not the monopoly of anyone. It is the dream of Gandhiji. I would implement the cleaning drive in my constituency. Whatever be the politics… Every Indian should strive to clean his country. Nobody is going to ask about the politics of a person who engages himself in a cleaning drive,’’ Tharoor said.
During the one-hour drive, he went around picking garbage from public places and was accompanied by party workers and locals. Later he tweeted: “A clean India requires no label. Why cede Gandhiji’s sanitation drive to any party? A national cause’’.
The Congress state unit had been critical of Tharoor for accepting Modi’s invitation to join the cleanliness drive. Spokesperson Ajay Tharayil said Tharoor’s drive was only meant to get media attention.