Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, on Friday, became the unlikely defender of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is set to address the Howdy Modi event in Texas, US. Responding to Rahul Gandhi’s verbal attack, Tharoor said while disagreements should be aired inside the country, when it comes to the international arena, Narendra Modi has to be respected in his capacity as Prime Minister of India.
As an Opposition MP i have the right to criticise @narendramodi’s policies, statements, actions & inaction, & expose his failures. But when he goes abroad, he is @PMOIndia & he carries my flag. I want him to be received & treated w/ the respect due to my country’s PrimeMinister. https://t.co/cHPB4acmBd
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) September 20, 2019
He wrote in a tweet, “As an Opposition MP, I have the right to criticise Narendra Modi’s policies, statements, actions and inaction and expose his failures. But when he goes abroad, he is the Prime Minister of India and he carries my flag. I want him to be received and treated with the respect due to my country’s Prime Minister.” Talking to reporters, he made it clear that India has to present a unified face to the world despite internal differences.
“We disapprove of what Mr Modi says and does but the PM of India goes abroad, we wish him well because he has to carry the Indian flag. I don’t want to say anything more than that. Inside the country, we have a lot of issues against his policies and his mistakes, which we believe, are many. Outside the country, he is the Prime Minister of India, let us respect him,” he said. Tharoor’s remark came a day after Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “‘Howdy’ economy doin’, Mr Modi? Ain’t too good it seems.”