New Delhi: After kicking a storm with his ‘chaiwala’ remark on Wednesday, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could twist any statement made by him. Reflecting on the same, Tharoor said, “BJP is today in a condition that even if you drive safely on the road, they will come and purposely collide with you to make it look like an accident.”
Standing by his ‘chaiwala’ remark, the Congress MP said, “PM Modi has always talked of his humble background, and I did the same.”
Tharoor, on Wednesday, kicked a furore after he said that it was only because of former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru that a ‘chaiwala’ was the PM today. At an event in the national capital, the Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram was elaborating on the contribution of Nehru and how it couldn’t be undermined. He said that the former prime minister created such institutional structures which enabled any Indian to aspire to reach the highest office.
“If today we have a ‘chaiwala’ as the Prime Minister, it’s because Nehru ji made it possible to create the institutional structures through which any Indian can aspire to rise to the highest office in the land,” he said at the relaunch of his book, Nehru: The Invention of India.
The Congress MP said that an “astonishing amount of lies” were there on the internet. “We’ve seen a consorted campaign of vilification, of calumny, an astonishing amount of lies that are out there on the internet…Why is there this desire to undermine such a great son of India (Jawaharlal Nehru), somebody who laid the foundations for what we have created?” he said.
“If today the government can boast about Mangalyaan, who created ISRO? Who decided that even poor India could dare to aim for the skies? Who created the IITs that sent so many bright young men to Silicon Valley where 40% of the start-ups are helmed by Indians?”
Reacting to the remark, the BJP had said that Nehru was the sole reason behind the existence of ‘humanity’. It further said that Tharoor should not drag the great leader’s name into ‘mundane matters like that of making Prime Ministers’.