"There have been repeated instances of Shashi Tharoor being seen as appreciative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He has hurt party workers' sentiment. We are sending a detailed report to the party high command and will wait for their decision," VM Sudheeran, the Kerala Congress chief, told NDTV after a meeting this morning with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and state Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala.
"We have to ensure that such remarks are not repeated," said Sudheeran.
The Kerala Congress unit had earlier warned the two-time MP from Thiruvananthapuram to stop praising PM Narendra Modi. Tharoor had said that he was "honoured" to be one of the nine people tagged by the Prime Minister when he launched his five-year Clean India campaign on Gandhi Jayanti.
On Tuesday, the Congress daily in Kerala slammed Tharoor in a cartoon which depicted him writing 'love letters' to Modi.
"Holy cows who cannot stand one election defeat, how long will they last with the Congress party? In the present drought of the Congress, the disappointed ones must have been attracted to the prosperity and reign of the BJP", said an article in the Congress daily.
"After having enjoyed the privileges of the Congress party, instead of allowing the paramour to enter through the back door, it is better to go out with the paramour through the front door", it said, clearly targeting Tharoor without naming him.
On Tuesday, Tharoor told NDTV that he was being targeted as he was seen as an outsider, "a foreign object in the body politic."