Netizens campaign support for Tharoor

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Tvm: Even as the political fate of the Trivandrum MP and Union Minister of State for External Affairs, Shashi Tharoor hangs in balance over his involvement in the Kochi IPL fiasco, netizens are out in full force to garner support for him.

The first move came on the social networking site Facebook where the ‘Support Shashi Tharoor!!’ group was created by some of his supporters from Kerala. As the intro says, “He stood for us… Now it’s our turn to stand for him…” It goes on to say, “If you truly appreciate all the things Mr. Tharoor has done for our home land, including realizing the dream of our own IPL team, then do your part by joining this group and show your support.” At the time of writing this report, there were 580 members in this group.

Meanwhile, even as the marathon two hour long meeting of the Congress core group was discussing the issue, the number of pledges on a ‘Support Tharoor‘ website created yesterday, exclusively to get support for him was going up by the minute. According to the site, ‘We are here to say, “We support you Shashi Tharoor. Don’t let them pull you down for you will take our hopes and dreams for a better and brighter India with you. You bring to India everything we had ever hoped would change, and we stand by you”. At the last count there were 307 pledges.

These numbers might seem miniscule compared to the 721,958 followers he has on the microblogging service, Twitter. In his last tweet, Shashi Tharoor had said, “Thanks for all the support &good wishes.U folks are the new India. We will “be the change” we wish to see in our country. But not w’out pain!”.

As the final fate of Shashi Tharoor is decided in the coming hours, one thing is clear – he is one politician who is really connected to the people, for the people and by the people!

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News

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