Congress MP Shashi Tharoor breaks silence on sudden disappearance

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Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has broken his silence on his sudden disappearance from public events asking his followers to not pay heed to rumours.

Shashi Tharoor

Taking to Twitter, the Congress MP from Kerala wrote, “For all my hyper-imaginative friends reading political motives behind my “disappearance”: I am in bed w/ a bad chest infection, on antibiotics, & have been advised a few days’ complete rest. Have cancelled all functions for 3 days &am not taking calls. Pls don’t listen to rumours.”

Tharoor may have been absent from public engagements recently, but he kept presence truly alive on social media as he took to microblogging site to congratulate the Congress-JDS combine for its phenomenal performance in the just-concluded bypolls for three Lok Sabha and two assembly seats. The Congress-JDS alliance had breached the BJP bastion in Bellary as it emerged victorious with 4-1 results.

Reacting to Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s tweet, Tharoor had written, “Terrific news from Karnataka of the Congress-JDS alliance’s success in the by-elections. #KarnatakaRejectsBJP & chooses @INCIndia !”

Last month, Tharoor had made controversial statement with his ‘scorpion on Shivling’ jibe for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Speaking at an event in Bengaluru, Tharoor had said, “The personality cult has not sat very well with many in the RSS establishment. There is an extraordinary striking metaphor expressed by an unnamed RSS source to journalist Vinod Jose of Caravan (news magazine)in which they express their frustration with their inability to curb Mr Modi. The (RSS) man says, ‘Mr Modi is like scorpion sitting on a shivling. You can’t remove it from your hand and you cannot hit it with chappals.’ And if you think about it, that’s a very very profound understanding of the relationship.”

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