A barrage of embarrassing tweets from the Twitter account of Minister of state for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor created a major controversy, linking him to a journalist in Pakistan.
While Tharoor tweeted that his account had been hacked, his wife Sunanda Tharoor immediately tweeted out that she had been tweeting using his account. She was upset with the messages being exchanged by Tharoor with Mehr Tarar, a Pakistani columnist.
“Sorry folks, my @Twitter account has been hacked & will be temporarily deactivated. Bear with me while we solve this,” was the Minister's last tweet from his handle.
Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar claimed on Twitter that she was posting from her husband's account, intimate private messages sent to him by Lahore-based journalist Mehr Tarar, to show the world "how she is stalking my husband".
Sunanda later told Economic Times, "Our accounts have not been hacked and I have been sending out these tweets. I cannot tolerate this. This is a Pakistani woman who is an ISI (Inter Services Intelligence) agent, and she is stalking my husband. And you know how men are. He is flattered by the attention. I took upon myself the crimes of this man during IPL (Indian Premier League). I will not allow this to be done to me. I just can't tolerate this. I have nothing more to say."
In a statement to Indian Express she told “I completely stand by my tweets, I 100 per cent stand by that, that woman pursued and pursued him…men are stupid anyways…for all you know she is a Pakistani agent. Where’s love, where’s loyalty in this world…I am so distraught.”
Tarar rejected the charges by stating on twitter that the exchange of messages "the last I checked it was a two-way thing. Or maybe technology changed while I 'stalked'."
Tharoor, not new to controversy, had to offer many explanations when he had made disparaging remarks on Twitter about people flying "cattle class.". The new controversy in an election year is bound to embarrass him further.
Tweets from Shashi Tharoor's account
The following are the string of bizarre tweets from Shashi Tharoor's handle (@ShashiTharoor).
@mehrtarar I love you, Shashi Tharoor. And I go while in love with you, irrevocably, irreversibly, hamesha. Bleeding, but always your Mehr,
Shashi. I'm not crying any more. I'm not falling to pieces. I'm more lucid than ever. How little I knew you became visible to me @mehrtarar
You unfollowed me. You don't RT me and you don't answer me on twitter. I can live with your favourites. I have your personal validation have your personal validation of my words, I don't need any public one. For that I will wait until we are together publically really mehr
Tweets from Sunanda Tharoor's account
Following are Sunanda Pushkar's (@sptvrock) explosive tweets which she sent after tharoor tweeted that his acount was hacked.
@prasanto @MehrTarar indians who have dignity unfollow her or are there no ppl in pakistan who R desperate 4 husbands of other women SHAME
@MehrTarar the audacity of a woman desperaely in love with an Indian "please shashi dont make me go i pleaded and begged i love u Shashi"
@MehrTarar leave us Indians alone and stop talking to my huband and pleading with him its digrading respect youself as a women
its funny on a election yr ppl want to bring down an MP using a Paki journo who has lost her job and tries with everyone including with Omar
Or perhaps to build up twitter followers thats a cheap thing 2 do ask the Pakistanis what they think of her & yes 20 calls a day is stalking
for her information Shashi & I are very happy together sad for her to know i guess i get sick and go away 4 treatment &the vultures pounce
Tweets from Mehr Tarar's account
Following are Mehr Tarar's (@MehrTarar) response to Sunanda Pushkar's tweets
So I 'stalk' on bbm and phone. The last I checked it was a two-way thing, or maybe technology changed while I 'stalked'?
I have nothing to say to a woman clearly out of her mind. To be called an ISI agent, a stalker..I have nothing to add. Just shows who she is
I'm not avoiding answering any of u. I just consider it beneath me 2 respond 2 personal attacks on me here.Not a Jerry Springer-reality show
I interviewed 2 politicians in India;Apr,Dec.Hv them on tape.Doing a show on Business+ nxt mth..And I'm a mother.Trashing me w/ ISI..grow up
For a woman to trash another woman linking her w/her husband is the lowest form of sickness ever. It's nauseous. No respect for her marriage
Thank you. The labels of an ISI spy, stalker...a bit much for one day.