Tharoor, reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s scheduled inaugurations of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya on January 22nd and the BAPS Hindu Temple in Abu Dhabi on February 14th, took to social media to express his views and pose questions aimed at the Prime Minister.
In his social media post, Tharoor said, “So PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya on January 22nd and the BAPS Hindu Temple in Abu Dhabi on February 14th. I expect elections to be called very soon thereafter. The message is clear. In 2009, Mr Modi was sold to the Indian electorate as the avatar of economic development, the CEO of Gujarat Inc., who would bring development to all Indians. In 2019, with that narrative collapsing in the wake of the disastrous demonetisation, the Pulwama terrorist attack gave Mr Modi the opportunity to convert the general election into a national security election. In 2024, it is clear the BJP will now revert to its core message and offer Narendra Modi to the nation as a Hindu Hriday Samrat.”
Tharoor then questioned the BJP’s earlier promises, asking, “What happened to the promised good days? Where are the 2 crore jobs annually? What about economic growth aiding the socio-economically disadvantaged? And what about increasing disposable income for Indians? These are critical questions needing discussion in an election that seems to be shaping up as a contest between Hindutva and popular welfare.”
These remarks from Tharoor are noteworthy as the Congress faces pressure from coalition partners like the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) to distance itself from these grand events. Prominent leaders such as CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury have already declined invitations to the Ram Mandir consecration ceremony.
In the midst of this, the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust has extended invitations to Congress Parliamentary Party Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and party president Mallikarjun Kharge for the Ram Mandir consecration ceremony.