Narendra Modi lavishes praise on Tharoor for his Oxford debate
New Delhi: A day after
he got a reprimand from his party chief Sonia Gandhi, Congress MP Shashi
Tharoor on Thursday received handsome praise from Prime Minister Narendra Modi
for his debating skills, creating flutters in political circles about the
timing of his remarks.
“What Shashi ji said
(at the Oxford debate recently) has now gone viral on Youtube,” he said praising
the passionate argument in Oxford put forward by Tharoor in demanding
reparation payments from the UK to India for 200 years of its colonial rule.
Tharoor’s speech gelled
with the feelings of patriotic Indians on the issue and also shows what
impression one can leave with effective arguments by saying the right things at
the right place, Modi said.
The Prime Minister was
speaking at the inauguration of Speaker’s Research Initiative for
Parliamentarians at the Parliament House complex here.
Tharoor, who was pulled
up by Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday for leaking his remarks against Congress’
stalling tactics in Parliament on the issue of scams, acknowledged the Prime
Minister’s praise for him with a smile.
The Congress MP was
among the few non-BJP MPs present in the gathering that included veteran
Parliamentarian LK Advani, ministers and MPs belonging to BJP and its allies.
Tharoor had found
himself in problems over his praise of Modi on a few occasions ever since he
came to power last year and attracted criticism within the party for that.
He had accepted the Prime
Minister’s invitation to join the ‘Clean India’ campaign and had recently
praised Modi’s campaign on yoga and had also remarked that the Prime Minister
leaves a positive impact on the countries he visits though he follows the UPA
policies. (With inputs from agencies)