Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor was asked by NSUI, the student wing of the party, to address a campaign event in Gujarat, but declined as his name was not on the list of the party’s main campaigners for the polls in the state, sources said Wednesday.
Tharoor’s name does not appear on the list of 40 star campaigners for the party, including Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge and former party leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
Among the other star campaigners named by the party are Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, AICC General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, CLP Leader in Kerala Ramesh Chennithala, Former Prime Ministers Digvijaya Singh, Kamal Nath, Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Ashok Chavan.
Asked if he was disappointed that his name was not on the list, Tharoor told PTI: “Congress knows who or what is best for him, so the question of disappointment is irrelevant.” month, but had received more than 1,000 votes out of more than 9,000 votes cast.
The National Students Union of India (NSUI) had invited Tharoor to the event in Gujarat, but sources close to him said he had to decline as his name was not on the list of the star campaigners.
In the past, Tharoor has campaigned for the party in the Lok Sabha elections in Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai in 2014 and 2019; in Kerala Assembly elections in 2011, 2016 and 2021; local self-government elections in Kerala in 2010, 2015 and 2020; and most recently in the Noida by-election for Pankhuri Pathak.
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