Lok Sabha elections 2014 contest was tougher, says Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor, who is aiming for a hat-trick win in the Lok Sabha elections, said that the 2014 fight was tougher.

Published: 20th April 2019 05:48 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th April 2019 05:49 PM   |  A+A-

Congress Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor

Congress Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor (File Photo | EPS)

By IANS

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Congress leader and party candidate from this parliamentary constituency in Kerala Shashi Tharoor, who is aiming for a hat-trick win in the Lok Sabha elections, on Saturday said that the 2014 fight was tougher.

"The last one (2014) was tougher as there was a character assassination done. Added to that, there was a (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi wave. But this time, there is no Modi wave at all," Tharoor told the media in the presence of Congress Working Committee member A.K. Antony.

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Tharoor is pitted against former Mizoram Governor Kummanem Rajasekheran of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and C. Divakaran, a sitting CPI legislator and a former State Minister.

In 2004, Tharoor scraped through with a margin of around 15,000 votes, down from a margin on 99,987 votes that he got in 2009.

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"Modi has cheated people as the dreams he sold failed to materialize. I admit that like in 2014, this time too, it's a three-cornered fight. But through the effective campaign that we put up, we have been able to counter that," he said.

Kerala goes to the polls on April 23.

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