Where Does the Suave Shashi Tharoor Stand in Presidential Poll Arena?

With 8.3 million followers on Twitter, profitable a recognition contest shouldn’t be powerful for Shashi Tharoor. However it may be, in case you are within the Congress, the place he has all the time been seen as an “outsider”.

Regardless of profitable from the Thiruvananthapuram constituency thrice, the Kerala unit of the Congress considers him “pariah”. So it got here as no shock that moments after he was noticed on the electoral workplace of the Congress in Delhi, his residence state’s Congress unit mentioned they’d not help him for the presidential polls, ought to he contest.

Not that Tharoor suffers from any phantasm of recognition in Kerala, as sources say, he went to Madhusudan Mistry, the election chief, to gauge the place he might get help from and what number of PCC delegates would endorse his candidature.

Congress chief and spokesperson Gourav Vallabh was one of many first to assault Tharoor.

In a tweet, he mentioned, “His just one main contribution to the occasion within the final 8 years – despatched letters to Congress president Sonia Gandhiji when she was hospitalized, this act precipitated ache to crores of occasion employees like me. “

The Congress has pulled up Vallabh.

It’s a indisputable fact that Tharoor could not be capable to muster a lot support. He isn’t the hardened Hindi belt neta which the Congress wants now as PM Modi surges forward. Neither has he cultivated many pals on the high, nor do many Congress leaders get his suave model of politics.

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Regardless of his wins and charisma and join with the individuals and the truth that he stays one of the vital recognised Congress faces, not many within the occasion view him as a friend. He nonetheless stays the unlikely Congressman for a lot of Congress leaders.


There are numerous causes for this. One, he’s typically seen as having a thoughts of his personal and never all the time in sync with the occasion line. Only recently, Tharoor needed to attend a seminar organized by the Kerala state government the place the Communist Social gathering of India (Marxist) is the primary political opponent. However he needed to withdraw after Sonia Gandhi, below stress from the state unit, informed him to again off.

When the Congress was criticising Trinamool Congress’s Mahua Moitra for her feedback on Maa Kali, Tharoor defended her. This upset many within the Congress who felt this friendship between the 2 would hurt the Congress. That has not bothered him.


He has constructed a circle of friends exterior the Congress as effectively and in reality has impressed the PM, who had made him one of many model ambassadors of the Swachh Bharat mission. Tharoor has tried to experiment with the early fashion of politics the place political affiliation doesn’t intrude or cease you from having pals throughout the divide.

That Tharoor stays an enigma for a lot of of his occasion colleagues and there are sometimes snide feedback about his way of life and politics. It’s borne out of the truth that at his annual ritual of mango occasion, there are a handful of Congress colleagues and plenty of from the TMC, Janata Dal (United) and different events.

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And with Tharoor being one of many signatories of the G-23 letter, he has burnt many bridges.

Nonetheless, he responded to some Congress leaders opposing his candidature for the highest put up with a cryptic tweet and quote. “…If he fails, no less than fails whereas daring vastly, in order that his place shall by no means be with these chilly and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

In 2006, Tharoor had run for the put up of UN secretary normal put up, however withdrew when he realized that Ban ki Moon was clearly the favorite.

Will Tharoor do the identical once more or will he stand by his phrases in his tweet?

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