New Delhi: Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday took a swipe at Congress leader Shashi Tharoor during a debate in the Parliament, saying that he did not understand the Thiruvananthapuram MP’s “foreign English accent.” The statement was made when the Lok Sabha was debating the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill on Thursday.
During the debate in the Lok Sabha on the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, Tharoor lashed out at the government, claiming that there was a “significant gap” between the government’s rhetoric and action. Launching a blistering attack against the Narendra Modi government, Tharoor said that diamantaire Nirav Modi, who had fled the country after being involved in bank frauds worth crores of rupees, had been seen in a photo with PM Modi in Davos.
Tharoor added that the Prime Minister had promised to be a “chowkidar”. In reply to the debate on the bill, Finance Minister Goyal took a dig at Tharoor saying that he could not understand his “foreign English accent”, news agency PTI reported.
RSP member N K Premachandran came to Tharoor’s defense and objected to the statement by the Finance Minister. He said that “It is not fair on the part of the minister” to pass such a remark. Premachandran is also an MP from Kerala.
As Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar intervened in the matter, Premachandran replied that he had every right to object because the minister “had made an observation about a member of the opposition.” Tharoor, a two-time MP from Thiruvanathapuram in Kerala, is famous for his impeccable vocabulary and often finds his Twitter posts going viral because of his ‘chaste English’.