- Shashi Tharoor has said that 'O Mitron' is far more dangerous than Omicron
- He indirectly accused the Prime Minister of polarising the country, weakening of democracy
- Tharoor's remark has come when 5 states are scheduled to go for assembly elections
Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Monday took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi comparing Covid's Omicron variant with 'O Mitron', a phrase PM Modi frequently uses to greet people whenever he addresses public gatherings. Tharoor also accused the Prime Minister of polarising and weakening the democracy.
Taking to Twitter, Shashi Tharoor wrote, "Far more dangerous than #Omicron is “O Mitron”! We are measuring the consequences of the latter every day in increased polarisation, promotion of hatred & bigotry, insidious assaults on the Constitution & the weakening of our democracy. There is no “milder variant” of this virus."
Responding to Shashi Tharoor, BJP spokesperson Shehzaad Poonawalla while speaking to an English news channel said that Tharoor's remark was an attempt to make light of the serious Covid situation.
Last week, after RPN Singh joined the BJP, Tharoor on Wednesday took a dig at the saffron party with rhyming sentences in Hindi and the phrase "Congress-yukt BJP".
Just weeks ahead of Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, Singh quit the Congress party on Tuesday and joined the BJP, in a setback for the grand old party.
A Union minister in the UPA-II government, the 57-year-old leader joined the BJP at the party headquarters, evoking a sharp reaction from Congress leaders, including its spokesperson Supriya Shrinate, who called him a "coward".
On Wednesday, Tharoor took to Twitter to say in Hindi, "'Chorh kar ja rahe hain ghar apna, shayad unke kuch aur sapne hain, ab udhar bhi sab apna sa hai, ab udhar bhi toh sabhi apne hain. (Congress-yukt BJP)'"
The tweet roughly translates to: "He is leaving his home, maybe he has other dreams; now there also it feels homely, there also are his own people".
Tharoor's "Congress-yukt BJP" jibe is a wordplay on the BJP's slogan of 'Congress-mukt Bharat' (Congress-free India).
(With PTI inputs)