Congress MP Shashi Tharoor.
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Continuing his Malabar tour, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday met senior leaders of UDF-ally IUML in Panakkad here. During this, many issues were discussed between the two leaders. After the meeting there, he addressed the media and responded to the allegation leveled against him. When the media asked about the Malabar tour, who was afraid of your tour? So he replied that neither he is afraid of anyone nor does anyone need to be afraid of me. He also said that the allegations of factionalism leveled against him are baseless.
Know why Tharoor made such a statement?
In fact, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s ongoing Malabar tour to attend various programs and meet public figures has raised eyebrows among Congressmen. Some in a significant section of the Congress in Kerala have sensed an agenda behind the Thiruvananthapuram MP’s move. There are signs of a new Tharoor faction emerging in the state Congress and his supporters have come out in open against the leader who allegedly imposed an undeclared ban on a seminar organized on the Sangh Parivar and the challenge to secularism. Now answering these speculations, Tharoor said that neither he is afraid of anyone nor does anyone need to be afraid of me.
Opponents fear, Tharoor establishing himself as CM candidate
Tharoor’s detractors in the party feel that through his programs he is positioning himself as the Congress-led UDF’s ideal chief ministerial candidate for the 2026 assembly elections to end the CPI(M)-led LDF rule in the state. Trying to install as . As the issue continued to crop up in the state unit of the Congress, senior party leader and Vatakara MP K Muraleedharan came out in his support for Tharoor, saying there was a conspiracy behind the Youth Congress canceling the event Tharoor was to participate in. .
With senior leaders issuing statements in favor of Tharoor, KPCC chief K Sudhakaran on Monday barred party leaders from airing their views publicly. He also termed as baseless the reports that Tharoor was barred from attending public events. Sudhakaran said that Tharoor has also denied this. Earlier, former KPCC President and son of veteran Congress leader K Karunakaran, Muraleedharan said that Congress members attending the event could be banned by those who want to become the party’s chief ministerial candidate in Kerala and may Feeling threatened by Tharoor’s activities in the state.