BJP supports Tharoor's remark on Nehru
Shashi Tharoor's controversial remarks on Pandit Nehru's foreign policy got support today from BJP which said the Union Minister spoke the truth.delhi Updated: Jan 10, 2010 17:07 IST
Shashi Tharoor's controversial remarks on Pandit Nehru's foreign policy got support today from BJP which said the Union Minister spoke the truth.
At the same time, the main Opposition blamed Tharoor for attacking media and sought an answer from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking whether Congress was heading to gag the media.
"British MP Bhikhu Parekh made a remark and possibly Tharoor concluding it said the stand of Nehru was more of a moralistic commentary. He (Tharoor) has for once spoken a truth even if it was done by him by mistake," party spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy told reporters here.
Rudy maintained that his party was not concerned with what Tharoor said about Nehru's foreign policy and it was for Congress now to clarify "because BJP does believe that Nehruvian foreign policy has not done well to the state".
Reacting to the Tharoor's comment on media which came in the wake of the controversy over his remarks on Pandit Nehru's foreign policy, Rudi said, "We are concerned about his remark on Indian media.
"He (Tharoor) has said that the Indian media is irresponsible, dishonest. Maybe he addressed a particular group. He said mediapersons does not have in depth knowledge of the subject," Rudi said.
Attacking Congress, Rudy wondered whether the ruling party was heading to "gag" media.
"BJP would like the Prime Minister to answer this question because we believe that media is the fourth pillar of democracy. And so when attempt is made to gag media, its a matter of concern for all Indians today," he said.