Kozhikode: The withdrawal of the Youth Congress from a seminar attended by Congressman Shashi Tharoor led to heated discussions. The party is said to have imposed an undeclared ban on Tharoor’s programs by preventing party members from cooperating with him. The Youth Congress organized a seminar on the theme “Sangh Parivar and the challenges of secularism”. Shashi Tharoor was invited as a speaker for the Kozhikode seminar. But now the Youth Congress has canceled the seminar. It is learned that the Youth Congress decided to pull out of the event after facing pressure from the Congress leadership.
Meanwhile, a pro-Congress cultural organization has come forward to organize the event. With this, the seminar will be organized under the Jawahar Foundation based in Koduvally.
Previously, Tharoor contested the election for the post of AICC President. Top leader Mallikarjun Kharge who contested the election with the support of the high command and other leaders won the election. Tharoor’s election bid is reported to have angered the leadership. Sources close to the party revealed that Tharoor is neglected within the party.
Tharoor, who is actively involved in national politics, was also removed from the list of star activists for the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections.
Amidst this, Tharoor planned to start his Kerala tour to declare his return to state politics. In the first phase of the campaign, the Tharoor camp decided to organize debates and speeches in all neighborhoods. They also sought to gain public support by associating with the Malabar Muslim League. But the party imposed an undeclared ban on Tharoor as spoiling its efforts.