Shashi Tharoor. Photo: PTI
Kozhikode: The withdrawal of Youth Congress from a seminar attended by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has led to heated discussions. It is rumoured that the party has imposed an undeclared ban on Tharoor’s programmes by restricting the party members from cooperating with him. Youth Congress has organised a seminar on the topic 'Sangh Parivar and Challenges of Secularism'. Shashi Tharoor was invited as a speaker for the seminar in Kozhikode. But now, Youth Congress has cancelled the seminar. It is learnt that Youth Congress decided to step back from the event after facing pressure from the Congress leadership.
Meanwhile, a pro-Congress cultural organisation has come forward to conduct the event. With this, the seminar will be conducted under Jawahar Foundation based in Koduvally.
Earlier, Tharoor had contested the election for the AICC president post. Senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge who contested the election with the support of the High Command and other leaders won the election. It is reported that Tharoor’s candidacy in the election irked the leadership. Sources close to the party revealed that Tharoor is being neglected within the party.
Tharoor who is actively involved in national politics was also removed from the list of star campaigners for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections.
Amidst this, Tharoor has planned to start his Kerala tour to declare his comeback to state politics. In the first phase of the campaign, Tharoor camp has decided to organise debates and speeches in all districts. They also eyed to seek public support by joining hands with Muslim League in Malabar. But the party has imposed an undeclared ban on Tharoor as spoiling his efforts.