On Friday, the Congress leader Shashi Tharoor claimed that there was “definitely” a perception of government change in the center in view of what he termed “incredible disillusionment” against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for unable to fulfill all that he promises.
Mr. Tharoor was in Bengaluru to read out a few excerpts from his books “The Paradoxical Prime Minister.”
He told the source that “There definitely is a perception of regime change at the center… There is incredible disillusionment against Modi. Many also have reacted to communal violence and cow vigilantism, saying that this is not we have voted for. They expected Modi to deliver on his promises, which he has failed in almost all of them.”
When asked regarding the prospects of the Congress in election-bound states- Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh, which went to elections on December 7, along with Mizoram and Telangana. Mr. Tharoor said that he was quite confident of Congress winning at the hustings as people were “disillusioned” with PM Modi’s rule.
The Congress leader also said that he did not agree with the “violent protests”, which was held by BJP in Kerala over the Sabarimala issue. He further continued that, “We have to respect the Constitution and rule of law.”
However, when asked about what should be the permissible domain for the judiciary to enter into religious matters, he said that “To my mind, those lines can be drawn simply by the judiciary and if it refuses then it can be drawn by the legislature through constitutional amendments.”
Last month, Mr. Tharoor had asked the RSS and BJP not to “desecrate” the Sabarimala temple and termed as “utterly disgraceful” the violence that disrupted at the hill shrine.
Shashi Tharoor further blames the state government for acting in “hasting” and not clearing the issue with the stakeholders before implementing the verdict of the Supreme Court, which permitted women of any age to offer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa shrine.
On the issue over Aljo K Joseph appearing for Christian Michel, who is the accused ‘middleman’ in the AgustaWestland chopper scam, Mr. Tharoor said that his expulsion from the Congress’ youth clearly stated that the party did not approve his action.
Mr. Tharoor continued, “The immediate decision to expel Joseph from the party is a clear indication that the Congress did not endorse his appearing for Michel.”
“It was clearly an individual lawyer’s choice to take up an individual brief without consulting the party,” added the Congress leader.