1. Shashi Tharoor says no intention of becoming PM in 2019, asks to withdraw petition

Shashi Tharoor says no intention of becoming PM in 2019, asks to withdraw petition

The former diplomat who is currently serving as Member of Parliament revealed through a Facebook post that he was surprised to know about the Change.org petition that has been doing rounds on the internet in last few days.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: March 17, 2017 1:50 PM
Shashi Tharoor, Shashi Tharoor as PM, Shashi Tharoor as Indian Prime Minister, online petition, Shashi Tharoor-Congress face for PM, Shashi Tharoor-2019 General elections Shashi Tharoor says he is a Member of Parliament for Congress, no more and nothing less. (Source: Reuters)

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has responded to the petition that demanded him to be party’s Prime Ministerial candidate for 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The former diplomat who is currently serving as Member of Parliament revealed through a Facebook post that he was surprised to know about the Change.org petition that has been doing rounds on the internet in last few days. He said that he was overwhelmed by the response it got but doesn’t endorse or support any such campaign.

“While I initially chose to ignore the petition, because this is not how Indian politics works, the attention it has gathered in the media, and especially on social media, obliges me to respond. I thank the creator of this petition, who I understand is from Thiruvananthapuram, for his faith in me as his representative in Parliament, and thank everyone who has signed it so far for their good wishes. I have, however, discouraged those of my “followers” who have asked me about this from doing so, since I do not support such a campaign,” said Tharoor.

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He assured people that he is currently a member of Parliament for Congress and if there is a change in the leadership, it will be through a proper procedure. “The party has a settled leadership, which is not up for debate. When changes occur they do so through an established procedure,” he added.

Read Shashi Tharoor’s full post here:

I was both surprised and touched by the Change.org petition that has been circulating over the last few days suggesting a greater role for me in the Congress Party and in national politics in the 2019 elections, and by the response, this has received. I do, however, feel it is time to make it clear that I neither support nor endorse such a campaign.

While I initially chose to ignore the petition, because this is not how Indian politics works, the attention it has gathered in the media, and especially on social media, obliges me to respond. I thank the creator of this petition, who I understand is from Thiruvananthapuram, for his faith in me as his representative in Parliament, and thank everyone who has signed it so far for their good wishes. I have, however, discouraged those of my “followers” who have asked me about this from doing so, since I do not support such a campaign.

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I am a member of Parliament for the Congress Party, nothing more and nothing less. The party has a settled leadership, which is not up for debate. When changes occur they do so through an established procedure. I want to assure those who have nonetheless so generously expressed their faith in me that I share their aspiration for a better India, an aspiration that can best be given voice and expression through the Indian National Congress and the values it enshrines and will continue to work towards realizing our national destiny and upholding the principles that underpin this destiny.

I will continue, to the best of my abilities, with my work in Parliament, in Thiruvananthapuram, and in articulating my hopes for India and the ideas that make India — on those party platforms that are available to me, as well as on the national and international stage and through my writings. Once again, I thank everyone for their faith and support and request that the petition be withdrawn.

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A petition was filed by a Thiruvananthapuram-based user asking Shashi Tharoor to be named as UPA’s Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The petition described him as, “Tharoor is a man well qualified with deep knowledge of international and national issues, who can connect with the people of India and with world leaders.” Tharoor has been one of the most vocal Congress leaders in the recent past and was India’s most followed politician on Twitter until 2013 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi surpassed him.

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