KPCC to rein in Tharoor for not endorsing party's stand on SilverLine project

Sudhakaran and Tharoor
KPCC President K Sudhakaran said that Shashi Tharoor's statements were improper and not helpful.

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) has decided to rein in its senior leader Shashi Tharoor for not endorsing the party's stand on the proposed SilverLine Project.

Tharoor had upset the Congress leadership in the state the other day by refusing to sign on a joint memorandum moved by opposition MPs against the Thiruvananthapuram-Kasaragod Semi High-Speed Rail Project (SilverLine).

KPCC President K Sudhakaran said on Friday that the party will seek an explanation from the Thiruvananthapuram MP, who caused another controversy by lauding Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

"The party will meet him and ask him about it and resolve the matters. As for the project, the UDF has conducted studies so making such statements is improper and not helpful," Sudhakaran said.

The KPCC chief, however, did not find any fault in Tharoor for hailing the CM. "It is not a fault to back the chief minister. We don't insist on opposing the chief minister in every issue but we differ on this so-called development."

While Congress has maintained that it will not allow the project to take root in the state, Tharoor had "sought additional time to look into the issue". He said such "substantive matters" require "comprehensive consultation", for which he had suggested setting up a forum.

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