Former UN Under Secretary General Shashi Tharoor is contesting in the current Lok Sabha Elections from the Thiruvananthapuram constituency as a candidate of the Indian National Congress. Unlike many other constituencies in the state where the contest is primarily between the Left Front (lead by the CPI-M) and the United Democratic Front (lead by the Congress) candidates, he faces tough challenge from BJP candidate P K Krishnadas and BSP candidate A Neelalohithadasan Nadar apart from the Left Front candidate Ramachandran Nair.
I think he is in many ways the most different candidate contesting from the state for many reasons. For many ordinary voters he is still alien in spite of the heavy campaigning done for Mr Tahroor. Some one who doesn’t speak Malayalam well, some one who was never seen in any of the political activities in the state before. But there are some serious issues about Mr Tharoors candidature.
Mr Tharoor in his election website http://www.shashitharoor.in make his intentions and view about his constituency and politics clear. He has also explained ‘Why UPA ?’. Really I liked his website very much.
But there are some serious issues regarding Mr Tharoor, especially because of his involvement in many controversies because of his view about Israel and Coca Cola. Many others believe he is an opportunist. The are still others who campaigns for him.
This makes it clear why the road is not that smooth for Shashi Tharoor. He has to face opposition from even within his party. Anyhow the result of the Thiruvananthapuram constituency will be a landmark in many regards.