Kerala CMs don't usually wear coats, says Shashi Tharoor in response to criticism

Shashi Tharoor. Photo: ANI/File

Malappuram: MP Shashi Tharoor poked fun at Congress veteran Ramesh Chennithala’s criticisms against him on Saturday.

“Usually the Chief Ministers in Kerala don’t wear any coat. Hence, I have no idea which coat they were commenting on. It has to be asked to those who made such remarks,” said Shashi Tharoor.

Chennithala recently said that it is better to take off the coat some leaders have bought to wear when they become chief minister. The comments were made in the backdrop of Tharoor expressing his interest in contesting for the Kerala Assembly and the hype over him becoming the chief ministerial candidate of UDF in 2026.

Besides Chennithala, leaders like AICC general secretary KC Venugopal and UDF convenor MM Hassan also slammed Tharoor in veiled attacks.

KPCC chief K Sudhakaran also said it was not proper for anyone to decide a post or constituency on their own for the next assembly elections.

In response to allegations that he has been too active in the state lately, Tharoor said, "I have been attending events since the public has shown interest in meeting me.". And I am getting more invitations these days.”

Stating what he is doing now is the same what he has been doing for the last 14 years, the leader said whenever he gets invitations from the public, he would select programmes and attend them according to his convenience.

"Let anyone tell anything...I am doing my work...whatever anyone says, I have no issue," he told reporters here when asked about the recent statements of some Congress leaders without mentioning his name.

Earlier this week, Congress central leadership also had clarified it was not proper for any MPs to make statements on their candidature and the party has its own organisational mechanism to choose its nominees.

With PTI inputs

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