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Isolated within Congress, Shashi Tharoor explains his praise of Narendra Modi

PTI 06 Jun 2014, 22:01:54 IST
New Delhi: Under attack from within, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Friday wrote to the party explaining his controversial praise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and making it clear that he stood committed to the organization and the principles of secularism.

In a letter to Ajay Maken, chairman of the AICC communication department, he has said "by praising him (Modi) for specific things, we help frame public expectation of his continued behaviour and raise the bar against which we will judge him in future".

Tharoor's letter comes against the backdrop of strong criticism from Congress MP Mani Shankar Aiyar calling him "immature" and a "chameleon. Aiyar had said yesterday he was "deeply disappointed" that an "intelligent" man like Tharoor should want to rush to judgment in this manner and come out with this effusive remarks.

Another senior leader Digvijaya Singh advised Tharoor, who had written an article in an American news website in which he head said Modi was looking to turn himself from a "hate figure into an avatar of modernity and progress", not to jump to conclusion.