Shashi Tharoor, a senior Congress leader, recently expressed disapproval and disappointment at the defections of some Congress members to the BJP. Tharoor believes that while people have a right to move on and change their party allegiance, there must be some principles people adhere during the process. He compared this to the Karnataka Congress’s acceptance of many new members coming from other parties. Tharoor believes that some should not have gone to the BJP because their secular mindset would not be welcomed by a party committed to a communal agenda.
Mallikrjun Kharge, the Congress president, has taken the lead in bringing about opposition unity across India. The BJP’s gloating about Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification has brought about numerous opposition support. Tharoor believes that if the other parties come to understand that one of them has a likelihood of winning elections, then by coming together that would be healthy for our democracy. To this point, Kharge is likely to make further phone calls to other parties to explore an even stronger opposition unity.
The India National Congress (INC) is India’s oldest and, today, one of its largest political parties. It was established in 1885, and has been a major political force in the country ever since. The INC is a center-left social and political party founded on the principles of secularism, democracy, and welfare of marginalized people. The party’s current president is Sonia Gandhi, whose son, Rahul Gandhi, is the leader of the party in the Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament). The INC is the opposition party in the current government, led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Shashi Tharoor is an Indian politician and literary figure. He is a member of the Indian National Congress and also the Member of Parliament representing Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Tharoor is a articulate, well-read and renowned speaker, respected in both Indian and international circles. He has authored 17 books and has had an illustrious career filled with a plethora of roles related to the public. He has been the official spokesperson of the UN, Under Secretary General of Communications and Economic Affairs, Chairman of Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre. He also served as the Minister of State for External Affairs and Human Resource Development under the UPA government. Tharoor has also been awarded various awards such as the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, Padma Bhushan, among others.