Shashi Tharoor, Abhishek Singhvi come out in support of Jairam Ramesh

Congress leaders Abhishek Singhvi and Shashi Tharoor today come out in support of party colleague Jairam Ramesh, saying demonising Prime Minister Narendra Modi was “wrong” and he should be praised for doing the right things.

While Singhvi said Modi’s acts must be judged issue-wise, not person-wise, Tharoor said praising the prime minister for doing the right things would lend credibility to the opposition’s criticism of him.

“Always said demonising Modi wrong. Not only is he PM of nation, a one way opposition actually helps him,” Singhvi tweeted while echoing Ramesh’s views. “Acts are always good, bad and indifferent-they must be judged issue-wise and not person-wise. Certainly, Ujjawala scheme is only one amongst other good deeds,” he said.

Tharoor also joined him saying, “As you know, I have argued for six years now that Narendra Modi should be praised whenever he says or does the right thing, which would add credibility to our criticisms whenever he errs. I welcome others in opposition coming around to a view for which I was excoriated at the time.”

Former president Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee also agreed with Singhvi saying, “Very true sir. Nation building is an ongoing process carried on by successive governments. Hope Mr Modi and team also realise this.” “Instead of trying to diminish Pandit Nehru they should accept his and Congress’s immense contribution and carry it forward. Criticisms should be on policies, not personalities,” she said.

Countering Ramesh, former Union minister and Congress veteran K K Tewary said some “self-propagating” leaders in the Congress had “hijacked” the party and were making all kinds of comments that were not in the interest of the party. “Some self-propagating leaders in the party, who never fight elections and find a sanctuary in the Rajya Sabha, have hijacked the party,” he said.

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