Shashi Tharoor has admitted that Rahul Gandhi may not be the PM face of the Congress-led alliance and said that party has people like Pranab Mukherjee, P Chidambaram and others who have a tremendous track record.
New Delhi: In a candid admission Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has said that All India Congress Committee (AICC) president Rahul Gandhi “may not be” the prime ministerial face. He said the decision on the prime ministerial face of the Congress alliance would be a collective one as “Congress has a broader notion of a leader unlike the BJP”.
“We had people like Pranab Mukherjee, P Chidambaram, and others having a tremendous track record,” he stated. He, however, said that Gandhi is the unquestionable choice of Congress workers as their leader and added that if free and fair elections are held among the Congress workers, Rahul would win hands down.
Tharoor also regretted that Gandhi is being dubbed a ‘Pappu’ by some in the social media and called it unfair and unjustified.
After his controversial “scorpion analogy”, the Congress MP took a swipe at PM Narendra Modi yet again and called him a “hero on a white stallion with an upraised sword in his hand”.
He also accused the PM of being a one-man government and said that everybody is dancing to what he says. Tharoor later claimed that India now has the “most centralised PMO” in history.
“Every decision is taken by the PMO (prime minister’s office). Every file has to be sent to the PMO for approval,” he claimed.
Tharoor had waded into a controversy at the Bangalore Literature Festival Sunday last by claiming that an unnamed RSS leader had compared Modi to “a scorpion sitting on a Shivling” and “you cannot remove him with your hand and you cannot hit it with a chappal either”.