Defending his praise for PM Narendra Modi, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday has responded to the notice sent to him by Kerala Congress asking for an explanation for his praise. In his letter to the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), which has accessed by Republic TV, he highlights the increase in vote percentage due to PM Modi. He also told that Congress must acknowledge this fact and learn from it. He also urged Congress to publically stand for nationalistic issues.
"Prime Minister Modi has been effective in raising the vote percentage across India from 31% in 2014 to 37% in 2019. As a party that stayed at around 19% in both elections, we in Congress need to make an effort as to understand why. Clearly enough voters thought that he was delivering something and we need to acknowledge that," wrote Tharoor. He added, "We need to win back the trust of the people and win their votes and we must know what attracted them to Modi in the first place. In public the Congress has to show that it stands for nationalistic issues."
Earlier on Tuesday, KPCC chief Mullappally Ramachandran had sent a notice to Tharoor demanding an explanation for his praise for PM Modi. He stated that several party leaders and workers have approached the leadership with complaints against Tharoor's 'Modi praise'. Meanwhile, Kasargode MP K Muraleedharan has said that those who want to praise Modi can go and join BJP. Congress MP T.N. Prathapan too had sent a letter to Sonia Gandhi, seeking action against Tharoor.
Apart from KPCC, senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily had hit out on Tharoor on Wednesday stating hat praising the Prime Minister for doing the right things would lend credibility to the opposition's criticism of him. Moily termed the statement made by the Thiruvananthapuram MP "most unfortunate" and called for appropriate disciplinary action against Jairam Ramesh and Shashi Tharoor by the Congress leadership. He had also alleged that Ramesh was responsible for "policy paralysis" during the UPA-2 government. He added hat Jairam Ramesh's remark was in "very bad taste," and charged him with "compromising himself" with the BJP with such a statement.
Shashi Tharoor had publically praised the Prime Minister on Twitter after Congress leader Jairam Ramesh had said one should not 'demonize Modi'. The Thiruvananthapuram MP stated that he has argued for six years that PM Modi should be praised whenever he says or does the right thing. He added adding that it would add credibility to the criticism whenever the Prime Minister would err. Shashi Tharoor went on to welcome other Opposition and Congress leaders to share their views on a matter for which he was "excoriated" at the time. Tharoor has been one of the more vociferous politicians against the BJP government's various policies.