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Shashi Tharoor slammed for ‘praising’ Modi

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor Monday said his acceptance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call to support the Swachh Bharat Mission did not mean he endorsed BJP's 'core Hindutva' agenda.

india Updated: Oct 06, 2014 23:51 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

The Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee on Monday expressed serious reservations over party MP Shashi Tharoor praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi and accepting his invitation to join ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign.

KPCC vice-president and spokesman MM Hassan said his stand was against party ideology and policies. “Tharoor should stop praising Modi. The party state unit would not hesitate in taking action against him. The party has strong reservations against his stand and it would inform the high command about this,” Hassan said.

Even actor Kamal Hassan said there was nothing new in Modi’s campaign. But Tharoor’s didn’t even show the actor’s concern. It is not acceptable to us,” he said.

Another leader M Liju has also expressed dismay over “Tharoor becoming part of Modi’s communal agenda”.

This is the latest incident where the party has distanced from Tharoor. During the IPL controversy and death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar the party state unit had left him high and dry.

Tharoor had commented that he was honoured by the invitation from the Prime Minister and thanked him making him an active partner in the campaign.

However reacting to party state leaders’ outbursts Tharoor tweeted saying it was wrong to dub him a BJP sympathiser.

“Being receptive to specific statements or actions of BJP leaders does not remotely imply acceptance of the party’s core Hindutva agenda. The PM pitched his appeal as a non-political one and I received it in that spirit. I am a proud Congressman and a proud Indian. In short: not pro-BJP, just pro-India,” he tweeted.

First Published: Oct 06, 2014 15:14 IST