In the latest, Tharoor made headlines for praising prime minister Narendra Modi's Swchh Bharat campaign. His act didn't go down well with his party, Congress. The party daily in Kerala, Veekshanam, published a cartoon on Tuesday ridiculing Tharoor.
On Monday, Tharoor, who is the incumbent MP from Thiruvananthapuram constituency, clarified his stand on social media network Facebook.
Tharoor on Tuesday told NDTV today that he is "seen as a foreign object in the body politic" and he's been misunderstood by his colleagues in Congress in Kerala.
The members of Kerala branch of Congress demanding that he be punished have neither understood his remarks on Modi, nor bothered to talk to him, Tharoor alleged. "Perhaps there's a difficulty in digesting who I am and how I conduct myself," said Tharoor. "My criticism of Modi has far outweighed my praise for him," he said.
The furore began in Congress in Kerala when Tharoor became one among the nine prominent Indians who were tagged by Modi when he launched the five-year Clean India campaign last week on Gandhi Jayanti.
"I am a bit surprised by the reactions," said Tharoor. "Everyone who has been on television from Kerala has my number. They have chosen to go public, this reflects different concerns than a desire to seek my clarification," he said.