Hope wisdom will prevail in future, says Tharoor after Cong denies permission to attend CPM seminar

Shashi Tharoor . Photo: PTI/File

New Delhi: Reacting to the denial of permission to attend a seminar organised by CPM, Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor said that "some preferred the unseemly public airing of internal differences, thereby creating a needless controversy in a matter in which AICC's view was binding. I hope wisdom will prevail in future."

"I have discussed with the AICC President the matter of my participation in the seminar on centre-state relations on the sidelines of the CPI(M) National Party Congress.

I respect her views on this matter and have conveyed to the organizers my inability to participate," said Tharoor in a statement.

"Broader questions of our relations with the CPI(M) at the national level, the specific topic of centre-state relations, and the manner in which invitations from other political parties should be handled, remain to be addressed separately," he added.

Tharoor said that a similar invitation was extended during the CPM state conference as well. "I consulted the AICC President and a suitable decision was taken without any media controversy. A similar procedure could easily have been followed this time also," he said.

KPCC president K Sudhakaran had barred Tharoor from attending the seminar and asked him to get the permission of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

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