The most interesting feature of Shashi Tharoor’s leaked letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, resulting in him being treated as a punching bag, is the huge importance the Congress president attaches to her party’s sustained disruption of parliamentary proceedings. That all these fairly common sense political calculations have not tempered the Congress leadership’s determination to wage total war on the Modi Government is very revealing. In ticking off Tharoor, Sonia wasn’t telling a flamboyant MP to fall in line. For all his undeniable achievements, the UN apparatchik-turned-politician is still too much of a lightweight to be taken that seriously. In snubbing Tharoor, Sonia was actually telling the group of MPs who are skeptical of the timing and scale of the artillery fire that it is she who calls the shots.
- 4 Aug 2015