Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, who recently triggered a controversy with ‘scorpion’ jibe on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has said that it is because of former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru that a ‘chaiwala’ is the PM today.
Speaking at an event in the national capital, the Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala said that former prime minister Nehru created the institutional structures which enabled any Indian to aspire to reach the highest office.
“If today we have a ‘chaiwala’ as 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,” said Tharoor at the relaunch of his book, ‘Nehru: The invention of India’.
Expressing concerns about alleged anti-Nehru campaigns on social media platforms, the Congress MP said that “astonishing amount of lies” are there on the internet. He further alleged that there’s a “consorted campaign of vilification, of calumny” against the country’s first Prime Minister.