Revanth Reddy apologises after 'derogatory' remarks on Shashi Tharoor

He regretted any hurt that may have been caused to Tharoor by his words, and said "we share our faith in the values and policies of the Congress Party".

Published: 16th September 2021 11:47 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th September 2021 01:15 AM   |  A+A-

TPCC working president A Revanth Reddy lashed out at TRS supremo and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.

Telangana PCC president A Revanth Reddy (File Photo| EPS)

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: TPCC chief A Revanth Reddy, who landed himself in hot water with his uncharitable comment that senior Congress MP Dr Shashi Tharoor was a donkey, on Thursday night withdrew his remarks, saying he had spoken to his senior colleague and expressed his regret. 

He tweeted: "I spoke to @ShashiTharoor ji to convey that I hereby withdraw the remarks and reiterate that I hold my senior colleague in the highest regard. I regret any hurt that may have been caused to him by my words. We share our faith in the values and policies of the Congress party. " The TPCC chief went on to add, "And I know he joins me in wanting Congress to win the support of the public to form the next government in Telangana." Senior leader Manickam Tagore was tagged in the tweet. 

Meanwhile, Tharoor lost no time in responding in gentlemanly fashion by tweeting: "I received a gracious call from @revanth_anumula to apologise for what was said. I accept his expression of regret & am happy to put this unfortunate episode behind us. We must work together to strengthen @INCIndia in Telangana and across the country." 

Earlier in the day though, Revanth tried to dismiss the episode by terming the news as fake, and lashed out at MAUD Minister K T Rama Rao. 

The day started with Rama Rao tweeting a TNIE report which carried the PCC chief's disrespectful comments against Dr Tharoor. KTR said, while tagging the report: "As the chairman of the IT standing Committee, Shashi Tharoor Ji had paid some compliments to the efforts of the Government of Telangana recently. His colleague in Parliament and PCC cheap calls him a Donkey. This is what happens when you have a 3rd rate criminal/thug leading the party." [sic]

Senior Congress leaders decided to demand for Revanth Reddy to be reprimanded for making unsavoury comments against the senior party leader at a media conference in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
Shashi Tharoor himself, responding to Rama Rao's tweet, tweeted: "I am sure he was only expressing his fraternal feelings."

Apparently upset over Revanth's comments, senior Congress leader Manish Tewari, tagging Revanth, tweeted: "Dr. Shahshi Tharoor is a valued colleague of yours and mine. It would have been better if you would have spoken to him if you had some misgivings about a purported statement of his. Grace & property demands you withdraw your words."

Earlier on Thursday, Revanth's stand was one of belligerence. Without issuing any formal rebuttal, he termed the news as fake. He tweeted, targeting KTR: "Born liar and looter @KTRTRS can't get away with hiding behind @ Shashi Tharoor Ji and fake news. It's clear that you are trying to mislead current issues of child molestation and corruption charges against your family.
Nailing Revanth Reddy, KTR in his second tweet along with the audio clip, said: "While scumbags like @revanth_anumula need not be responded to: It's important to expose filth. Here is his audio clip/comments on Tharoor. Sent to me by a reporter. I am sure if we send it to a forensic lab, it will match his infamous #Note for Vote voice."

TNIE stands by the report it published on Wednesday. We are in possession of an audio clip of what he said when a reporter asked him for a comment on Dr Shashi Tharoor praising KTR.
Following is the verbatim of what he said when a reporter asked for his comment on Dr Shashi Tharoor praising KTR.

Revanth Reddy: "He is IT Minister, and Shashi Tharoor came here and lauded him saying he is honest, talented and intelligent.. donkey and horse (gadha hai, ghoda hai). That donkey should be tagged (about his deeds). That donkey should know what is happening here. Speaking two-three words does not mean... Language is not knowledge Language is only communicative... communication skill. If they speak two or four words in English it will not change anything here.

Reporter (national channel)" What do you think about...
Revanth: I suppose he is a donkey (Mereku Shashi Tharoor gadha lagta hai) You know the attitude of both is the same. They speak to each other in Zero Hour. You know Zero Hour

Reporter (Telugu Channel) Weren't you invited.
Revanth: No I did not go to those useless fellows. If he came to meet us, then why he went there. This kind of people should be expelled."


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