KPCC to seek explanation from Shashi Tharoor

The Congress in Kerala on Tuesday decided to seek an explanation from Shashi Tharoor, MP, who is facing flak over his remark that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be praised for doing the right things.

Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) chief Mullappally Ramachandran told reporters in Kannur that several party leaders and workers have approached the leadership with complaints against Tharoor's "Modi praise."

He said he was unaware of the circumstances in which the pro-Modi remarks were made by Tharoor and the former Union minister should explain on what prompted him to change his earlier stand against the prime minister.

"Congress workers across the country have expressed extreme displeasure over the statement made by Tharoor. Party leaders have also approached me with written complaints. Hence, KPCC has decided to seek explanation from Tharoor in this regard," Ramachandran said.

The state Congress chief said he was trying to contact Tharoor, who is now abroad, and would convey the party leaders' and cadres' displeasure to him.

The KPCC would submit a report on the matter to AICC, which will take a final call, he said.

Tharoor had come under criticism from several senior party colleagues in the state for his comments that Modi should be praised for doing the right things but the Congress MP had remained unfazed, saying there was nothing wrong in his stand.

(with news agency inputs)