Shashi Tharoor issues clarification after ‘attractive place to work’ tweet with women MPs triggers controversy

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Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has been forced to issue a clarification after many found his ‘attractive place to work’ tweet with women MPs sexist and poor taste.

Sharing a photo of himself with six women MPs, Tharoor had written, “Who says the Lok Sabha isn’t an attractive place to work? With six of my fellow MPs this morning.”

Those in the photos were NCP’s Supriya Sule, Preneet Kaur,  Dr. Thamizhachi Thangapandian, Mimi Chakraborty, Nusrat Jahan Ruhi and Jothimani.

No sooner did Tharoor share his tweet, he began to face criticism for displaying sexism. National Commission for Women chief Rekha Sharma tweeted, “You are demeaning their contribution in parliament and politics by make them an object of attraction. Stop objectifying women in parliament.”

Similar reactions followed from other Twitterati forcing Tharoor to issue a clarification.

“The whole selfie thing was done (at the women MPs’ initiative) in great good humour & it was they who asked me to tweet it in the same spirit. I am sorry some people are offended but i was happy to be roped in to this show of workplace camaraderie. That’s all this is,” Tharoor added.

The Lok Sabha on Monday repealed the three controversial Farm Laws without any discussion as opposition MPs continued to demand a debate. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier announced in an address to the nation that the Farm Laws will be repealed in the Winter Session of the parliament.