After Sonia’s snub to ‘letter writers’, a ‘guest artist’ jibe at Shashi Tharoor
“Shashi Tharoor is certainly not a politician. He came to the Congress party as a guest artist. He is still continuing in the party like a guest artist,” said KPCC working president in a sharp jibe.
New Delhi: The letter to Congress high command by ‘Group of 23’ created furore within the party, the fallout of which are being witnessed on daily basis.
Shashi Tharoor, among one of the signatories of the letter has become the centre of attack by Kerala Congress leadership which dubbed him a ‘guest artist’ in the party.
Kodikkunnil Suresh, a senior MP from Kerala, who is also KPCC working President and party’s chief whip in Lok Sabha said “Shashi Tharoor is certainly not a politician. He came to the Congress party as a guest artist. He is still continuing in the party like a guest artist,” said Suresh, who represents Mavelikara constituency in the Lok Sabha.
Yesterday, Sonia Gandhi reportedly formed 2 committees for ‘overseeing’ Congress stand in Parliament’s Monsoon Session. In those committees, those loyal to Gandhi family have found place while letter writers have been sidelined and marginalized.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, was among the ‘group of 23’ that wrote to Sonia Gandhi seeking urgent organisational overhaul.
Further hitting out at Tharoor, Kodikkunnil Suresh said ‘Tharoor may be a global citizen’, but he should not think that he can take any decision or say anything according to his will.”
“Ultimately, he should follow the party (policies and programmes),” Suresh told reporters here in response to a query.
Earlier on Thursday, former Kerala PCC president and Lok Sabha MP K Muraleedharan had also taken a dig at Tharoor over the issue, calling him a ‘global citizen’.
Leaders in the Congress’s state unit are also upset with Tharoor over his open support to the Centre’s move to lease out Thiruvananthapuram International Airport for 50 years to Adani Enterprises.
“The people want the airport. It’s some politicians who are opposed to it,” Tharoor had said while all political parties in Kerala, barring the Bharatiya Janata Party, opposed the Centre’s decision to give the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport to Adani Enterprises on lease.