Kannur: Union Minister of State for Home,
Mullappally Ramachandran on Sunday said the controversy over the
`cattle class` remark of his ministerial colleague Shashi
Tharoor should be treated as closed, as Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh himself had termed it a "joke".
"With Prime Minister Manmohan Singh terming the remarks by
Shashi Tharoor as a mere joke, the matter should be treated as
closed," he told reporters here.
Ramachandran had on Wednesday said the Congress`
condemnation of Union Minister of State for External Affairs
Shashi Tharoor`s remark reflected the sentiments of all
partymen in the country.
Tharoor`s remark that he would travel "cattle class in
solidarity with all our holy cows" in a Twitter posting came
against the backdrop of an austerity drive in the Government
and in the Congress, which had strongly rebuked him.