Former union minister Shashi Tharoor has ruled out resignation as member of Parliament over the Sunanda Pushkar murder probe and termed such demands as 'absurd'.
In an interview to CNN-IBN telecast on Wednesday morning, Tharoor hit out against the media and sections within his own party for demanding that he quit after he was questioned over the mysterious death of his wife.
"As far as I am concerned, if we are going to become a country in which any charges in the media however unfounded, however false should lead a politician to give up the trust of the voters that he has won the hard way, then what kind of democracy is this. We have rules in our democracy, we have rules in our society, we have laws. I will respect the laws and I have always done so," Tharoor said.
When pointed out that Congress leaders like PC Chacko too have been making the demand, Tharoor said: "If anything a Congressman has said, that person should explain to the high command on what basis he has said that."
The Congress MP, who was enlisted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his his Swachch Bharat cleanliness drive, also sought to quash rumours that he was joining the BJP.
"It is inconceivable that I will join the BJP against whose bigotry and divisiveness I have written about for years,"he said.
Tharoor's outburst comes even as the Delhi Police are set to question him again in connection with the murder probe.
He was questioned on January 19 for around four hours at the office of Anti Auto Theft Squad (AATS) in south Delhi and, according to reports quoting police sources, is likely to be quizzed again several times.
The Delhi Police had in January registered a case of murder, nearly a year after Sunanda was found dead under mysterious circumstances in her room at the Leela Hotel in Delhi.