Amul Baby remark not insulting: Shashi Tharoor

While the entire Congress went hammer and tongs against Kerala Chief Minister V S Achutanandan`s "Amul Baby" remark against Rahul Gandhi, former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor says he does not find it insulting.

New Delhi: While the entire Congress
went hammer and tongs against Kerala Chief Minister V S Achutanandan`s "Amul Baby" remark against Rahul Gandhi, former
Union Minister Shashi Tharoor says he does not find it
insulting.

"Don`t see why "Amul baby"=insult. Amul babies r fit,
strong, focused on the future. Symbolise white revolution
which brought milk to the masses," Tharoor, one of the star
campaigners for the party in Kerala Assembly elections, said
on Twitter yesterday. Tharoor is a Congress MP from Kerala.

The party on the contrary had slammed Achutanandan for
it.

Addressing an election rally in Kerala on April 9,
Gandhi had taken a swipe at 87-and-a-half-year-old Chief
Minister V S Achuthanandan, saying if the LDF wins the coming
Assembly polls, they (people) will have a 93-year-old chief
minister by the next elections.

Hitting back at Gandhi, Achutanandan said the Congress
leader came to poll-bound Kerala to campaign for `Amul babies`
as he was himself a `Amul baby`.

Reacting to it, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee
termed the Kerala Chief Minister`s remarks as "uncivilised"
adding "it speaks of the individual taste of the person and
culture."

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said "such type of comments are an insult to the youth community of India. People who are about to become history in few days are insulting the youth of the nation through such comments."
Endorsing the party`s line, Editor of Congress Sandesh
Anil Shastri said, "Kerala CM`s reference to Rahul Gandhi as
Amul baby is irresponsible. He seems preparing his bags for a
relaxed retired life after May 13 (the day counting will be
held for the Kerala elections."

Congress`s Kerala unit had also ticked off the CPI-M
stalwart for his comments.

In a statement issued in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala PCC
President Ramesh Chennithala said, "Achuthanandan has lowered
his stock himself by trying to ridicule Rahul Gandhi...it is
quite unbecoming of a person holding a high position to run
down a widely respected leader like Rahul Gandhi by using
intemperate language," he said.

This is not the first remark by Tharoor in which he
has taken a different stand from that of the party.

His "cattle class" remark at a time when the party
was advocating economy class travel for ministers and senior
party functionaries as a part of austerity measures had kicked
up a storm in 2009 soon after UPA 2 had come to power.

Tharoor was Minister of State for External Affairs
then.

PTI