Kozhikode: Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala on Tuesday said the Congress would take a decision on Sashi Tharoor's controversial statement praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his 'Clean India' campaign.
“Tharoor's statement praising Modi is highly improper and there has been a strong objection to it in the party and among the people of Kerala. A decision on the issue will be taken tomorrow after consulting other leaders,” Chennithala told reporters here.
In another development, Congress mouthpiece Veekshanam today has carried an editorial article apparently slamming Shashi Tharoor for his stand.
Monday dawned with numerous senior Congress leaders, including state Congress chief V.M. Sudheeran, saying that it was unfortunate to see Tharoor falling for the bait of Modi.
It was M.M. Hassan, the Congress vice-president and party spokesperson, who first started the direct attack when addressing reporters here Monday he said Tharoor has been praising Modi for a while.
"It's not just the Oct 2nd incident. Tharoor has been praising Modi to the hilt for sometime now. Many Congressmen have still not understood what Modi has done to be praised so much about," said Hassan.
Tharoor, soon after Hassan's comment, responded mildly. But with more and more of his party leaders picking on him, Monday night he came out with a bigger and detailed release which said he was elected as a Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram by people of all faiths and from all walks of life.
"That inclusiveness and pluralism reflect my core beliefs in public life, which are evident from my writings and speeches over the last 30 years. It is painful to hear suggestions that I would relinquish those ideals and join the BJP for power or personal gain."
"My fundamental commitment is to India's progress, and I remain convinced that the Congress Party is the best and most inclusive vehicle to accomplish that progress," said Tharoor.
Tharoor won the 2014 polls with a drastically reduced margin which fell from close to a lakh votes in 2009 to under 15,000 votes in 2014.