Drawing a controversial analogy, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor compared the National People’s Party (NPP) of Meghalaya to the tail of a mongrel, the BJP that “wags whenever the dog barks”.
Slamming Conrad Sangma’s political outfit for posing as an independent entity but being attached to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Tharoor, who is known for his articulate statements said the NPP was just a “mask” of the BJP.
“NPP is saying they are independent and contesting by themselves… But in Meghalaya they are allied to BJP and attaching themselves as the tail that is wagging along whenever the dog barks,” Tharoor said at a gathering on Friday.
“I have been somebody who is interested in national vision, and not regional one, but in this particular case, the NPP sadly is trying to have it both ways,” Tharoor said.
The NPP, founded by former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno A. Sangma to champion the cause of the people of the northeast is supporting the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre, Rajasthan and Manipur.
Meanwhile, the BJP hit back at Tharoor and demanded an apology.
“We’re shocked with the language used by Shashi Tharoor for political parties in terms of referring to a regional party as the wagging tail of a dog and by implication referring to the BJP literally as a dog,” BJP leader Nalin Kohli said.
“We demand an apology from Shashi Tharoor and Congress,” he added.
The statement may hurt Congress’ prospects in Meghalaya that votes on February 27 as the BJP is already running an aggressive campaign in the state to further expand its presence in the northeastern region as it is already in power in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.