With ‘floccinaucinihilipilification’, Tharoor claims hat-trick win from capital
Thiruvananthapuram: This Lok Sabha election season was eventful for Shashi Tharoor who is the UDF candidate and sitting MP of Thiruvananthapuram. First he accused party workers of lack of support and then got involved in controversies related to his wordings. In the last phase, he had a head injury during Thulabharam ceremony ahead of the polls. Finally, he owned a hat-trick victory as MP from Thiruvananthapuram.
Even the opinion polls and exit polls predicted Shashi Tharoor’s failure in elections. Tharoor had once used the term floccinaucinihilipilification to refer to Modi administration. The surveys also used the same term against Tharoor that his play with words will be worthless this time.
When Shashi Tharoor was injured on his birthday after the weighing scale in the temple fell on his head, many considered it as a bad omen. Tharoor was unable to go for campaign for a few days after the accident. Later, he started campaigning wearing a north Indian styled headgear to hide the bandage on head. Now it has turned out to be his crown of triumph. Before Shashi Tharoor, only A. Charles was able to win thrice from Thiruvananthapuram constituency.
Tharoor’s campaign and controversies started together. When he printed the campaign posters including the cover of his book ‘Why I Am a Hindu’, he was trapped in legal issues regarding the same. Then there were attempts to ensnare him with a reference in his book that offended Nair women for their unusual marriage customs. Tharoor gave a fitting reply to this allegation by posting a picture of his mother and sisters with the caption ‘with three proud and strong Nair women’.
In another whirl of controversy, Tharoor used the word ‘squeamishly’ while describing his experience at a fish market during the campaign. The meaning of the word was widely misinterpreted and allegation arose that Tharoor tried to insult the fishermen folk. In order to end the controversy, many Congress leaders held raw fish in their hands for the first time in life and posed for photo with Tharoor.
Soon after this, Shashi Tharoor came into media attention again by complaining to the party high command about the inactiveness of Congress workers in the campaign. This was a blow to the UDF and it was soon resolved by appointing a party observer in the constituency. It is clear from the election results that even those who are not Congress supporters wanted Shashi Tharoor to win the polls.
In his first Lok Sabha election in 2009, Tharoor had a majority of 99,998 votes. This was reduced to 14,501 in his second term in 2014. But this time, he regained majority in the first election with a very slight change. He got a majority of 99,989 votes this time when he confronted Kummanam Rajasekharan of NDA. It seems that the grand victory of Tharoor was not captured by the ‘radar’ of the election observers.