New Delhi, Mar 26: Days after former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor faced flak for comparing JNU student union president Kanhaiya Kumar with freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, Congress MP has given yet another controversial statement.
Tharoor has taken a dig at incumbent HRD minister Smiriti Irani and reportedly termed her a TV material who is not worth of HRD ministry.
While speaking at a event in Delhi, Congress leader swiped at Irani and said that he would rather prefer Tulsi on television serials than trying to run her the HRD ministry.
Shashi Tharoor was quoted by media reports as saying, "In Afghanistan, in the last decade, nobody could call an Afghan at 8.30 in the evening and get him to pick up the phone because that was the time when 'Kyunki saas bhi kabhi bahu thi' would be telecast, it was such a popular show....why we would rather prefer Tulsi on TV serials than try and run the HRD ministry".
Recently, addressing a group of students in JNU, Tharoor, while listing the names of victims of sedition law under British rule had said Bhagat Singh was the Kanhaiya Kumar of his time.
"The biggest victims of sedition law under the British rule were Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Annie Besant," he said. When a girl mentioned the name of Bhagat Singh, prompt came the remark that "Bhagat Singh was the Kanhaiya Kumar of his time."
Later, BJP slammed Tharoor for his remark and accused him of insulting the legendery freedom fighter.
Not only BJP, Congress leaders too disapproved his comment. "There has been only one Bhagat Singh. There is only one Bhagat Singh", party spokesman Manish Tewari said.