Congress leader Shashi Tharoor reacted to that viral petition that props him as the UPA’s Prime Ministerial contender for the 2019 elections.
More than 16,000 signatures have been garnered on the online petition on change.org that demands Congress leader Shashi Tharoor to be nominated as the UPA’s prime ministerial candidate in 2019 general elections. But Tharoor stated that, he neither endorses nor supports the campaign.
In a Facebook post, the MP from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, Tharoor wrote, “I am a member of Parliament for the Congress Party, nothing more and nothing less. The congress party has a settled leadership, which is not up for debate. When changes occur they do so through an established method.”
He also stated that he was discouraged of those supporters for signing the online petition as well and also asked to withdraw the petition.
The former UN under-secretary general said that Shashi Tharoor will continue his work in his constituency and articulate his hopes about the country.
The petition which was started by a man called Paul Trivandrum said that the country needs a strong public interest based opposition candidate by a visionary leader capable of Prime Ministership and that Tharoor, who has deep knowledge of international and national concerns and can connect with Indian people and with world leaders. The online petition also addressed to the president of the Congress party, the AICC and the UPA.
In recent days, the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, Congress vice-president has been questionable within the media and the party after its unsuccessful outing in the elections in Uttar Pradesh. Although Gandhi tied up with Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav for the elections, it was devastated by the Bharatiya Janata Party under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi. While PM Modi is widely expected to lead the BJP campaign in 2019 general elections, it is not clear whether the congress party will officially name Gandhi as its prime ministerial candidate.