The two-time MP from Thiruvanathapuram made statements that were reflecting badly on the party, the Congress leaders said. Sunanda Oza, a party leader, said that since a spokesperson is a mouthpiece of the party, Tharoor's statements reflected badly on the Congress.
Tharoor was sacked after the Kerala unit of Congress approached high command saying that the MP hurt the party workers' sentiments by praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, Tharoor insists that he has not indulged in any anti-party deed.
Also, there are speculations that the sacking of Tharoor is connected with the recent developments in the Sunanda Tharoor death case. Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Shashi Tharoor, was found dead in a Delhi hotel on 17 January 2014.
However, Oza said that the decision taken by the Congress high command had nothing to do with the recent developments in the Sunanda Tharoor death case, said a CNN-IBN report. A new report released by All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) said that Sunanda Tharoor had died due to poisoning.
Tharoor's had made statements supporting PM Modi's 'Swachch Bharat' campaign, which drew ire from his party cadre.
The Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee issued warning to Tharoor.
The high command intervened after it received a complaint by KPCC leaders and after investigation by the disciplinary committee.
BJP has slammed Congress for dismissing Tharoor for praising Modi. BJP leader Nalin Kohli said that the Congress dislikes anyone working in favour of the country and only wants their spokespersons to resort to their "high command's likes and dislikes", said the IBN report.