On Sunday, Congress Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharhior endorsed Chhattisgarh’s chief minister Bhupesh Bhutto’s position on Pakistan’s foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto’s personal attack against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Shashi Tharoor tweeted, “Our enemies and well-wishers would do well to understand that politics stops in India when our nation’s self respect is involved.”
Bhupesh Baghel, the chief minister of Chhattisgarh, condemned Bilawal’s comments and stated that no one is allowed to make such a statement regarding the Indian Prime Minister. Baghel said, “We may have different political ideologies, but this is about our nation and Modi’s PM.”
On Saturday, protests were held all over India against Bilawal’s personal attack upon PM Modi at UN where India and Pakistan traded barbs about the issue of terrorists. The conflict of words began with Bilawal raising Kashmir at the UN. Jaishankar sharply replied that those who hosted Laden do not have the authority to preach at the council. The incident prompted Hina Rabbani Khar, Pakistan’s junior foreign minister, to accuse India of terrorist activities. Jaishankar stated that the world still hasn’t forgotten who the fingerprints are on these terror activities. Bilawal attacked PM Modi personally and claimed that RSS was inspired by Hitler.
The statement was condemned by the ministry of external affairs as an unacceptable comment, even for Pakistan.
Many Congress leaders, including Sanjay Nirupam and Tharoor Baghel, defended PM Modi, and condemned the comment of the Pakistani foreign minister. However, many BJP leaders claimed that Bilawal’s language is very similar to Rahul Gandhi’s.
Recently, Shashi Tharoor praised S Jaishankar, the foreign minister for India’s abstention from a UN resolution that would have granted humanitarian exemption to all United Nations sanction regimes.