Tharoor dismisses claims of plotting sectarianism in Congress, says not 'afraid of anyone'


Shashi Tharoor | Photo: ANI

Kannur: Shashi Tharoor MP expressed his anguish in hearing the comments such as he plotted sectarianism in the party by violating the admonitions of Opposition leader VD Satheesan. Tharoor added that he is not scared of anyone. He was addressing the media after visiting Bishop Mar Joseph Pamplany at Kannur during his Malabar tour.

Tharoor briefed about his schedules on Monday and questioned how he ignited sectarianism in the party through those visits and talks. He visited Sadiq Ali Shihab Thangal, DCC president in Malappuram, MGS Narayanan, former minister Cyriac John, Kanthapuram Musaliyar, and Civil Service Academy established in commemoration of Hyderali Shihab Thangal on Monday. Tharoor asserted that it is usual to visit all these persons during Kerala visits. On the same day, he attended a programme at Mahila College to interact with students on the topic of women empowerment, a commemoration programme of MP Mohammed Musaliyar and later inaugurated the oration series organised by Mathrubhumi in Kozhikode.

“It has been my 14th year in politics. I have not sneered at anyone yet. It is not my way. I am not scared of anyone. It will be better if they remained with me as usual,” Tharoor added.

By mocking Satheesan’s remark about the “inflated balloon”, Tharoor said that he would give a pin to pop the balloon if the media needs controversies.

Satheesan had earlier said that the leaders like him are not “inflated balloons”, that could be punctured with a pin prick.

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