Krishna on Tharoor tweet: all must fall on the same page

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Jan 1 2010, 04:03am hrs
Everyone will have to fall on the same page, was external affairs minister SM Krishnas message on Wednesday to his junior Shashi Tharoor who had publicly questioned the new visa rules.

Minutes after Tharoor met him, Krishna said there could be different perceptions but there is a method and procedure to sort out those issues and he was sure his deputy understands that.

The broad policy parameters are dictated, decided by the minister in-charge of external affairs of this country and everyone will have to fall on the same page, he said.

Krishna had publicly rebuked Tharoor for using the social networking site Twitter for questioning the relevance of tightening of visa norms in the backdrop of David Headley episode. 26/11 killers had no visas, Tharoor had posted and wondered if the new rules will make India a less welcoming destination for tourists.

About repeated controversies over Tharoor tweeting, Krishna said, I would request you to not generalise issues. There could be different perceptions.

He said the two also discussed the visa policy but did not give the details of the talks.

Tharoor, however, maintained studied silence on the issue and evaded media persons. A broad smile was Tharoors only answer to a volley of questions on his comments and external affairs minister SM Krishna pulling him up for tweeting about official issues.