Incensed by his praise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress in Kerala on Wednesday decided to seek suitable action by high command against party MP Sashi Tharoor but the former Union Minister reacted sarcastically to the move saying this would mean the state leadership would finally read what he actually wrote instead of oral summaries.
Holding that Tharoor’s adulatory statements about Modi had hurt Congress workers’ sentiments in Kerala, the KPCC resolved to draw up a report and submit it to the high command.
The decision was taken by a meeting of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, KPCC President V M Sudheeran and Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala held at the party state headquarters here.
‘Of late, Tharoor has been praising Modi. This has hurt the sentiments of the Congress and UDF workers who have put up hard work for his victory in the Lok Sabha polls. We expect the high command will take suitable action in the matter,’ Sudheeran told reporters after the meeting.
‘Kerala has rejected the BJP completely. This is mainly due to the democratic and secular outlook of the people and the hard work of the Congress,’ he added.
Reacting to the move against him, Tharoor, who retained his Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha seat in the polls this year, tweeted he was delighted as the KPCC decision would mean the leaders would read what he had actually written.
‘Delighted to learn KPCC is preparing a detailed report. That means they might finally actually read what I wrote instead of oral summaries,’ he tweeted.
Tharoor issue has been dominating the debate in Congress circles and media for the last few days with a section in the party expressing open displeasure at his praising Modi.
Imparting further momentum to concerted attack on him, the party mouthpiece ‘Veekshanam’ on Tuesday carried a stinging editorial casting doubts on his loyalty to the Congress when it is through hard times.
On his part, Tharoor had set the record straight by asserting his support to Modi’s initiatives like ‘Swachh Bharat’ did not mean that he was endorsing the ‘Hindutva agenda’ of the BJP and rejected outright the suggestions of him moving closer to the saffron party.
Meanwhile, when his comment was sought on the issue, Chandy said ‘what KPCC president has said is the final word.’