Indian Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar has said that she “took upon the crimes of this man (Shashi Tharoor) during IPL” in a call with Economic Times following the controversial tweets she posted last evening.
The controversy started last night when strange tweets that looked like personal messages between two people started appearing on Shashi Tharoor’s Twitter account. It was mentioned in one of those tweets that it was allegedly a conversation between Tharoor and Pakistani Journalist Mehr Tarar. Tharoor went on to say that his account was hacked and everyone thought it was the work of a prankster till Pushkar told ET that it was she who made those private messages public on Tharoor’s account. She said:
“Our accounts have not been hacked and I have been sending out these tweets. I cannot tolerate this. This is a Pakistani woman who is an ISI (Inter Services Intelligence) agent, and she is stalking my husband. And you know how men are. He is flattered by the attention. I took upon myself the crimes of this man during IPL (Indian Premier League). I will not allow this to be done to me. I just can’t tolerate this. I have nothing more to say.”
It is worth noting that back in 2010, when Shashi Tharoor was alleged of taking kickbacks in the form of sweat equity in the IPL team through Pushkar, he had said, “Whatever my personal relationships with any of the consortium members, I do not intend to benefit in any way financially from my association with the team now or at a later stage.” However Pushkar’s comment at this stage raises a lot of questions about that old controversy due to which Tharoor had to resign as minister of state for external affairs.
Medianama take: Tharoor was one of the first Indian politicians to join Twitter and he got a lot of VIPs and journalists to take interest in the service. However, he soon landed in a controversy over the usage of the term”cattle class” on the social media platform. The halo around him faded more or less completely after the IPL controversy. Now, he has landed in yet another Twitter controversy. Though his social media presence helped create a reputation for him initially it has only caused him problems ever since.
That being the case, we wonder what other politicians are doing now? How many of them changed their Twitter passwords overnight? How many of them have their spouse on Twitter? Who else will be named and shamed next? Will other politicians tone down their presence and stop using it for personal purpose following this controversy?
On a side note, Tharoor had stood for UN Gen Sec election in 2007. Now imagine the controversy if he was still in that position when this Twitter controversy erupted.
Here are the tweets posted last night and responses from all three parties: