Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Thursday said Shashi Tharoor, who was eased out as party spokesman for praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, still enjoys a high-level of confidence among the partymen.
“He is still the member of the Congress party; the only thing which has happened is that he has been taken out from the list of spokespersons. That is all. Therefore, to us Shashi Tharoor still enjoys a high level of confidence among Congressmen,” Singh said.
Cracking the whip on Monday, the Congress had removed Tharoor as party spokesperson which the Kerala MP had accepted as “loyal worker of Congress” but suggested he did not get a chance to put his views across.
Singh said Tharoor was a very eminent personality and a party MP from Kerala. “He is one of the most well-known writers of this country, a very well-known diplomat who has served in UN and in the international scene.”
Asked about exit polls showing defeat for Congress in both Haryana and Maharashtra Assembly polls, Singh said “you will know on 19th (October), I don’t believe in exit polls.”
Singh was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an Asian Arab Chamber of Commerce event here which he inaugurated.
On post-poll alliances,he said in Indian politics ideology had taken a back seat and personalities and politicians’ ambitions had taken the “front seat”. “That is why we have a fight- who will be the Chief Minister?, Who will be the Prime Minister? …But where is the ideology.”
“..It is the ideology which should drive politics, not personality,” he said, adding, this happened across party lines.