Congress Leader Shashi Tharoor on Netas Turning to “Dark Side”

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Shashi Tharoor, a Congress Member of Parliament, recently expressed his disappointment at the defection of some of his colleagues such as Anil Antony, CR Kesavan and Kiran Kumar Reddy, who switched sides to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). At an event, he explained his stance on the move stating that, “Politics must be based on principles, and I believe each person has the right to change their party. However, crossing to an ideology that has the opposite of what one has always believed in, is problematic.”

Tharoor believes that defecting from Congress to BJP is not the best option for people who are secular-minded, as he does not see a welcoming home for them in a party committed to a communal agenda. He further added that the AICC President Mallikarjun Kharge has been pushing for unity among the opposition.

The Congress is a major Indian political party, founded in 1885. The party is the largest opposition party in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. It has a mass following, with people from diverse social and economic backgrounds supporting it. Congress is credited with leading the revolution that led to India’s independence on 15 August 1947.

Shashi Tharoor, a prominent Indian politician, is a Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha representing the Thiruvananthapuram constituency in Kerala. He also served as the Minister of State for External Affairs in the Government of India. He is best known for his popular twitter presence and support for digitized India. He was awarded the prestigious ‘Padma Bhushan’ in the year 2014. Tharoor is a prolific writer, with several published books on Indian culture and politics. He is currently the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology.