Shashi Tharoor is a table topper when it comes to popularity in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: Shashi Tharoor’s popularity spans across all sections of people in Kerala. He is also the most sought-after leader among social groups, but other top leaders of the state Congress are not being able to digest his popularity. At the same time, there is increasing demand to call Tharoor to save the Congress. Ever since he returned from Delhi after losing to Mallikarjun Kharge, many detractors expected Tharoor to retreat in haste, but they were wrong. Because his popularity has increased a lot in Kerala.

When Tharoor came to call religious leaders and social leaders from across the state, he was given a warm welcome.

Tharoor’s popularity can be gauged from the fact that he is scheduled to speak at Asia’s biggest Christian conference to be held next month at Maramon in Pathanamthitta district, organized by the influential Syrian Mar Thoma Church.

A media commentator, on the condition of anonymity, said that there has been a change in the way politics is being viewed by the people here.

The reviewer said that this is the reason why Tharoor’s popularity is increasing. Hence Tharoor draws huge crowds wherever he goes, while none other than traditional Congress leader Oommen Chandy has been able to attract people.

Seeing Tharoor’s popularity, Leader of the Opposition V.D. Satheesan, his predecessor Ramesh Chennithala, state president K.K. Congress leaders like Sudhakaran are starting to fear that this will backfire and if they don’t play their cards right, things could get worse.

Many visitors to Chandy’s residence after his return from throat cancer treatment were seen telling him that he should now try to overtake Tharoor as other leaders had failed to garner a good response from the people. Chandy was behind fielding Tharoor to oppose Kharge. Chandy felt that state politics should be a launching pad for Tharoor and now it appears to be correct.

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