NEW DELHI: Not even 24 hours ago, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor was reprimanded by his party President Sonia Gandhi for his debate at the Oxford University. However, grabbing up the opportunity well, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday praised the Congress MP for his debating skills, creating flutters in political circles about the timing of his remarks.

“What Shashi ji said (at the Oxford debate recently) has now gone viral on YouTube,” the PM said praising the passionate argument in Oxford put forward by Tharoor in demanding reparation payments from the UK to India for 200 years of its colonial rule. 

The speech offered by Shashi Tharoor gelled up well with the patriotic feelings of the Indian audience on the issue and also shows what impression one is capable of leaving with effective arguments by saying the right things at the right place, PM Modi said. 

Modi addressed the MPs while speaking at the inauguration of Speaker’s Research Initiative for Parliamentarians at the Parliament House complex here.

Responding to the appreciation from PM Modi, Shashi Tharoor said, “I am thankful to PM Modi for supporting my observation and I am glad that he appreciated my views.”

Tharoor who was pulled up by the Congress President on Wednesday for leaking his remarks against Congress’ stalling tactics in Parliament on the issue of scams was seated in the first row when he garnered praises from the Prime Minister.

He was among the few non-BJP MPs present in the large gathering that also included BJP veteran LK Advani, ministers and MPs belonging to BJP and its allies.

Tharoor who has at several occasions praised PM Modi has attracted a lot of criticism from his party members for that.

The man who is still trapped in the controversy of the mysterious death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor had also accepted PM’s invite to join the “Clean India” campaign and had recently praised Modi’s campaign on yoga and had also remarked that the Prime Minister leaves a positive impact on the countries he visits though he follows the UPA policies.

(With Agency Inputs)