Thiruvananthapuram: Listing his major
achievements in the last two years as member of Lok Sabha in a
`half-term report,` Shashi Tharoor on Monday said he was not
disappointed with his work, but had learnt lessons in politics
and got rid of illusions.
The diplomat-turned MP, who was elected from
Thiruvanathapuram constituency, told a press conference here
that he had not yet become a `typical` politician whatever
that term meant. "I am still who I am. I am learning lessons
and making contributions," he said.
He said it had now become fashionable to decry the entire
political class which was improper. There might be corrupt
politicians, but there were others with long experience in
politics and devoted to social service.
To a question, Tharoor said he was not `parachuted` from
the top. "If I was parachuted, I should have entered the Rajya
Sabha. I took the ground transport, went to all sections of
people and won an election fair and square," he said.
Not hiding his disappointment at the failure of his dream
project of twinning the cities of Thiruvananthapuram and
Barcelona, Tharoor alleged that due to `petty politics` by
Left Front municipal corporation, the agreement for twin city
was sadly allowed to lapse.
He also listed as his achievement the bringing of IPL team
for Kerala, the controversy over which he lost his post as
Union Minister. The work for getting an international cricket
stadium for the capital city was being strengthened, he said.