Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 27: In the wake of backlash over praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Dr Shashi Tharoor MP, representing the Lok Sabha constituency here, took to Twitter stating that he has been a strong critic of the Modi Government. In a tweet, the Congress MP said "I've been a strong critic of the Modi government, and l hope a constructive one. My staunch defence of inclusive values and constitutional principles has won me 3 elections."
"I urge my fellow Congressmen to respect my approach even when they don't agree with it," Tharoor said this following Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Mullapally Ramachandran's comment that the party will serve a notice to Shashi Tharoor for his statements praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The KPCC President said he doesn't know under which circumstance Tharoor made the remarks.
Stating that Tharoor's remarks courted controversy, Mullappally Ramachandran said party workers including leaders have came out against his remarks. Meanwhile, Opposition leader in Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala on Monday criticised Dr Shashi Tharoor MP for his remarks that PM Modi should be praised for doing the right things.
The Opposition leader said the Congress party will not support those who praise Modi and one can't ignore anti-people acts of Modi in the past. "We should not glorify over one good act of Modi who committed thousands of wrongdoings. Modi rule and his actions are not supported by the people here" Chennithala added. This is also to be noted that Congress leaders Abhishek Singhvi and Shashi Tharoor came out in support of another leader Jairam Ramesh on Friday, saying 'demonising' Narendra Modi was 'wrong' and PM should be praised for doing the right things.
Meanwhile, senior Congress leader and MP, K Muralidharan, said Congress leaders who want to praise PM Modi can quit the party and join the BJP. Such leaders should stop this unacceptable act while continuing in the Congress party, the MP added. The Congress MP said this after a war of words erupted between Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala and Congress MP Sashi Tharoor in this regard. Reacting to the remarks by other Congress leaders in Kerala in this regard, Shashi Tharoor said he does not require lessons from leaders having a different opinion on the matter. UNI