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Shashi Tharoor mocks Modi’s headgear, BJP says he insulted Northeast

Congress leader says Prime Minister refuses to wear Muslim skull cap.

india Updated: Aug 06, 2018 23:46 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Congress MP Shashi Tharoor speaks at a press conference in Lucknow in this file photo.(PTI)

The Bharatiya Janata Party has accused Congress leader Shashi Tharoor of insulting India’s northeast states by saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wears “outlandish” headgear.

“I ask you why does our Prime Minister wear all sorts of outlandish headgear wherever he goes around the country or around the world? Why does he always refuse to wear a Muslim skull cap? Tharoor was quoted by news agency PTI as saying on Sunday in Thiruvananthapuram, his Lok Sabha constituency.

“You see him in Naga headgears with feathers. You have seen him in various kinds of extraordinary outfits which is a right thing for a prime minister to do. Indira Gandhi has also been photographed wearing various kinds of costumes. But why he still always says no to one?” said Tharoor at a seminar, referring to Modi’s visit to Nagaland in December 2017.

Tharoor said Modi shunned green because he felt the colour was associated with Muslims. “Why does he refuse to wear green, the colour that he says is identified with Muslim appeasement? What kind of talk it is?” he said.

Kiren Rijiju, Union minister of state for home affairs, said Tharoor had insulted tribals and people from the Northeast.

“I demand apology from the Congress party for insulting the people of India’s North East & Tribals. Shashi Tharoor described North-East people & Naga Tribal headgears as funny looking outlandish & hilarious,” said Rijiju, who is from Arunachal Pradesh, on Twitter.

“Shashi Tharoor insults the proud cultural heritage of the people of North-East. This condescension & arrogance towards the people of India have become hallmarks of @INCIndia,” said Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore on Twitter.

BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, too, protested the statements. “For Shashi Tharoor, Naga headgear is outlandish and hilarious. In his over zealous love for skull cap, Tharoor doesnt mind insulting d customs of d Nagas n other NE people.”

First Published: Aug 06, 2018 19:51 IST