Shashi Tharoor

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Key Highlights

  • Shashi Tharoor questioned Indian government’s handling of COVID-19 during his virtual presence at the Lahore Literature Festival
  • BJP hits out at Tharoor for ‘defaming’ India at a Pakistan stage
  • ‘Saddened to see the only other all-India party mouthing Pakistan propaganda’

New Delhi: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor pulled up the Modi government while speaking at Lahore Literature Festival questioning India’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mocking India in his virtual address, Tharoor raised several issues from US President Donald Trump’s February visit to the Tablighi Jamaat and sought validation for Rahul Gandhi saying the former Congress president had alerted the Modi government about the pandemic but the PM failed to act. 

“The Indian government is not doing well and the people realize this. Rahul Gandhi mentioned as early as February that COVID-19 must be taken seriously otherwise India will face economic catastrophe so he should get credit for it,” said Tharoor. 

‘Tharoor defaming India globally’

We are fighting against bigotry and prejudice in India arising because of a pandemic. Tablighi Jamaat super-spreader event was used to justify open bigotry and discrimination against the Muslims, Tharoor said. 

Reacting to Tharoor’s statements, the BJP launched a scathing attack on the Thiruvananthapuram MP for ‘defaming’ India at a Pakistan stage. 

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Calling out Congress for its love for Pakistan, the BJP said, “it is so foolish and juvenile for someone who calls himself an intellectual to say what he said by painting Rahul Gandhi as modern-day Nostradamus.”

‘Tablighi Jamaat event used to justify bigotry against Muslims’

Modi bashing seems to be the flavor for the Congressmen, the BJP said. 

Earlier this month, CJI S A Bobde while hearing petitions filed by Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind and others seeking action against media organization allegedly giving communal colour to the COVID-19 outbreak at the Tablighi Jamaat congregation had called ‘Freedom of speech’ one of the most abused freedoms in the recent times.

Former Governor of Meghalaya Tathagata Roy said, “Saddened to see the only other all-India party mouthing Paki propaganda. And at the head is of course it’s smart-alecky spokesperson adept only at using inscrutable English. Comes from being headed by an overgrown adolescent.”

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