Kozhikode: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, who has been facing wrath of party leaders, started his Malabar tour announcing his comeback to state politics. Interestingly, he started his campaign in Malabar amidst protests from a group of leaders in Congress.
On Saturday, Youth Congress stepped back from an event attended by Tharoor due to pressure from Congress leadership. It is learnt that the party has imposed an undeclared ban on Tharoor’s programmes and restricted the party members from cooperating with any programmes attended by him. The party members have been warned that they will be expelled from the party if they cooperate with Tharoor.
During the Malabar tour, Tharoor will attend programmes at Kozhikode, Malappuram and Kannur. He will meet prominent personalities in these districts. Sources close to the Tharoor camp revealed that a four-day programme has been scheduled.
According to Tharoor camp, national and state leaders of the party have been taking the initiative to block the programmes. Though Youth Congress stepped back from the event, Jawahar Youth Foundation will conduct the event on the same day at the same venue. It is assumed that Youth Congress activists will also attend the event in Kozhikode.
On Sunday morning, Tharoor visited writer MT Vasudevan Nair and Kasyapa Veda Research Foundation founder MR Rajesh in Kozhikode. He will also meet Panakkad Thangal and Kanthapuram AP Aboobacker Musliyar.
Tharoor is all set to make a strong comeback to active politics in Kerala after facing defeat in the AICC president election. It is reported that the party leadership is disappointed with his decision to contest the AICC president poll against senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge.