A section of prominent Congress leaders, including KPCC President Mullappally Ramachandran, Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala and late Congress veteran K Karunakaran’s son K Muralidharan, MP, have slammed Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for his pro-Modi remarks.
Congress leaders in Kerala harboured fears that Tharoor’s ‘Modi praise’ would damage the prospects of Congress in the upcoming bye-election in Pala, one of the strongholds of Congress-led UDF.
Another Congress leader TN Prathapan, MP, has written a letter to Sonia Gandhi requesting her to take stern action against Tharoor who has been at the receiving end after his comments backing party leader Jairam Ramesh.
The new controversy which added to Congress woes erupted after Jairam Ramesh on Friday was reported to have said that the Prime Minister should be praised for doing the right things. Soon after, Tharoor and Abhishek Manu Singhvi supported Jairam remark saying praising Modi for the right thing would add credibility to their criticism when the PM committed mistakes.
Tharoor’s remark has largely irritated Congress leaders in Kerala as the date for bye-elections had been already declared in Pala, which is a sure seat of Congress-led UDF.
Prathapan, in his letter to Sonia, without naming Tharoor, said, “I really don’t get what type of narrative these leaders want to put forward while the undemocratic and autocratic regime of Modi is strengthening.” Criticising Tharoor, he added, “The good certificates that we produced will weaken our fight to regain India.”
"Narendra Modi is a complete dictator and his regime is suffocating to many Indians,” Prathapan said in the letter on August 24.