G Sukumaran Nair | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Perunna (Kottayam): Nair Service Society president G Sukumaran Nair on Monday withdrew his controversial remarks he made years ago against Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor.
Nair called Shashi Tharoor a “son of Kerala and global citizen” to “correct” his old remark that he was a “Delhi Nair.”
"To rectify that mistake we have invited him here for this event. According to me, there is no one more competent to inaugurate the celebrations," Nair said.
Sukumaran Nair, the general secretary of NSS, said during the event that when Tharoor came to contest polls from Thiruvananthapuram, he had called the latter 'Delhi Nair'.
The praise of Tharoor by Nair was welcomed by senior Congressman and Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly V D Satheesan.
"I welcome any praise of a Congress leader by anyone here in Kerala," he told reporters.
Satheesan had recently initially expressed reservations over the Thiruvananthapuram MP's political outreach programmes in the southern state.
When the alleged rift between Satheesan and Tharoor was widely reported by the media, the LoP had refuted the same.
In his speech on the occasion, Tharoor also said Padmanabhan, who founded the NSS, had once observed that one Nair cannot see eye-to-eye with another.
He said though the observation was made more than a century ago, he has witnessed it during his political career -- an apparent dig at a few fellow Congressmen from the Nair community.
Interestingly, Satheesan also belongs to the Nair community. (With inputs from PTI)