'Outsider' Shashi Tharoor sacked by Congress: Is any regret left behind?

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How Tharoor reacts after being sacked!
Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 13: Former Congress spokesman Shashi Tharoor has issued a statement saying that he welcomes the party's decision to relieve him from the post of Congress spokesman.[Also read: Tharoor removed as Cong spokesperson ]

And along with accepting the decision, Tharoor also mentioned that he would have liked an opportunity to explain his point on the issue.

He said, "While I have not yet seen the KPCC complaint referred to, and while I would have welcomed an opportunity to respond to it and draw the attention of the AICC leadership to the full range of my statements and writings on contemporary political issues..."

The fact that Tharoor had been invited by PM Narendra Modi for the Swachh Bharat Campaign and that he had accepted the invite did not go down too well with the party.

The Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president V M Sudheeran said, "praises lavished on Modi repeatedly by Tharoor had hurt Congress and UDF workers who worked sincerely and tirelessly for his victory in the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency for a second time."

The matter was weighed by the three-member disciplinary action committee of AICC, comprising leaders Motilal Vora, A K Antony and Sushilkumar Shinde, before Sonia Gandhi decided to remove Tharoor from the post.

Few days back, Tharoor said that he is "seen as a foreign object in the body politic" and that those in the Kerala branch of his party who accuse him of praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi have neither understood his remarks, nor bothered to talk to him.

Tharoor shared his statement on the party's decision on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

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