New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 8: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor is facing flak for accepting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to join the Swachh Bharat campaign.
The Kerala unit of Congress is meeting today to deliberate on whether any disciplinary action should be initiated against Shashi Tharoor, whose repeated praise of the prime minister has irked his party members.
Speaking to mediapersons on Wednesday, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president VM Sudheeran said they will submit a report saying Tharoor’s statements have hurt thousands of party workers in the state.
The Congress decision came a day after the party’s mouthpiece “Veekshanam” obliquely hit out against Tharoor saying fortune hunters should be forcefully removed if they could not correct themselves.
Without naming Tharoor, the mouthpiece lashed out at Tharoor for penning “love songs” for PM Modi through “tweets and adulatory articles in opinion pages.”
However, Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday slammed the Kerala unit of his party saying no one bothered to understand his take on the Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat campaign.
He said: “No one from Kerala Congress has contacted me even though they have the numbers. I wish they had bothered to understand what I was trying to say. We should not be seen as opposing Gandhi’s principles. Instead Congress should have taken the initiative.”
Tharoor further addded: “Of course I will oppose the Swachh Bharat campaign if it’s reduced to a day-old photo ops. As politicians we have to think of India and not be reduced to narrow politics.”
Sensing the build-up in the state unit against him, Tharoor on Tuesday tweeted that the PM should work for an India cleansed of bigotry, hatred, intolerance and divisiveness, an India that is truly clean.
In a news channel interview, Tharoor on Tuesday said he was being targeted for being an outsider. “Nobody understands when somebody is trying to express a complex set of ideas,” he said and underlined he has been seen by some as a “foreign object in the body politic”.
“And perhaps there is a difficulty in digesting who I am and how I conduct myself,” he reportedly said.
(Goindianews Bureau/With Agency Inputs)