The Telangana Congress chief’s unparliamentary remarks about Shashi Tharoor, as reported by a section of the media, have enraged several of the party’s top leaders.
Manish Tiwari and Rajeev Arora spoke out today against Revanth Reddy’s statements, in which he labeled the former Union minister a “donkey” and that he wished for his removal from the party, according to media sources.
Mr. Tiwari tweeted, tagging a New Indian Express piece, demanding that Revanth Reddy retract his words.
“Mr. Revanth Anumula, Dr. Shashi Tharoor is a respected colleague of both yours and mine. It would have been preferable if you had approached him if you had reservations about a reported statement of his. Grace and propriety need you to withdraw your statements “Manish Tiwari’s tweet may be found here.
Mr. Reddy’s statements were criticised by senior party leader Rajiv Arora.
“I strongly oppose the disparaging remarks made by Shri Revanth Reddy, PCC president of Telangana, to AIPC president and senior Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, as published in the press. He should release a statement retracting his comments “He tweeted, tagging J Geeta Reddy, the party’s regional coordinator.
Remarks by Telangana Congress Chief on Shashi Tharoor Irk Party Leaders
PM Modi, according to Shashi Tharoor, should be commended “whenever he says or does the right thing.”
Revanth Reddy, according to reports, was severely critical of Mr. Tharoor when he complimented rival Telangana Rashtra Samithi’s IT Minister KT Rama Rao during his recent visit to Hyderabad.
Mr. Reddy reportedly told reporters that both leaders belonged to the same category and that fluency in English did not imply knowledge. He further claimed that Mr. Tharoor was a liability for the party.
Mr. Tharoor was targeted by Kerala Congress leaders two years ago when he endorsed party colleague Jairam Ramesh’s statement that “demonizing” Prime Minister Narendra Modi all the time was “not a successful tactic.”
Mr. Tharoor had stated that PM Modi should be congratulated “whenever he says or does the right thing.”
“Those who wish to praise Modi should become members of the BJP. No Congress official should believe that by praising Modi, he can quickly become a minister in the BJP administration “K Muraleedharan, the party’s leader, had stated.
Last year, Kodikkunnil Suresh, the Congress’s Chief Whip in the Lok Sabha, referred to Mr. Tharoor as a “guest artist,” but afterward repudiated the statement.