Sonia blasts Tharoor for leaking views against party tactics
New Delhi: Congress
President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday pulled up former Union Minister Shashi
Tharoor over the leak of his views against party’s stalling tactics in
Parliament in the media.
“Gandhi, who generally
does not get angry, literally blasted Tharoor” sources said adding that the
party chief was in no mood to listen to any explanation from him. Her anger was
directed at him over the fact that his opposition to disruption tactics at a
strategy meeting made its way to the media.
There has been a
sizeable section in the Congress, especially young MPs, who want the party to
make the most of the situation caused by the Lalit Modi controversy and the
Vyapam scam to put the government in the dock.
Reports quoting unnamed
sources had it that at yesterday’s strategy committee meeting, Tharoor had
expressed himself against ‘stalling tactics’.
He had said the
disruption tactics a repeat of what the BJP did when it was in the opposition
may not be effective. He had given three reasons for this. First, the strength
of the Congress is just 44, while the BJP had 110-plus members when it was in
the opposition during the last Lok Sabha.
Second, it is not clear
whether the rest of the opposition will join the Congress, and it remains to be
seen if the government can get them on its side. Third, Tharoor is learnt to
have argued that the government will, in all likelihood, brazen out the
Tharoor had argued that
the Congress should instead engage in discussion on all issues be it Vyapam or
the Lalit Modi episode and use facts and figures to drive home its point.
Sonia’s reprimand of
Tharoor came amid a belligerent Congress leaving no stone unturned to corner
the Narendra Modi government over the various scams involving top BJP leaders.
The Congress has been demanding the resignation of External Affairs Minister
Sushma Swaraj and the chief ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh over
Lalitgate and Vyapam.
This is not for the
first time the Thiruvananthapuram MP has been caught on the wrong foot by the
party. Some of his views including what was seen as being appreciative of Prime
Minister Narendra Modi had caused a controversy.