Who is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s alternative? What Shashi Tharoor said | India News

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday dismissed the importance of identifying an alternative to Prime Minister Narendra Modi within the parliamentary system.
Tharoor revealed that a journalist asked him about proposing an alternative to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and he dismissed the question as “irrelevant”, saying that the focus lies on electing a party or coalition rather than an individual leader.
The Congress leader highlighted the irrelevance of pinpointing a single individual as an alternative to PM Modi, stressing that what truly matters is electing a group of competent and diverse leaders who prioritize addressing the people’s issues over personal agendas.
“Yet again a journalist has asked me to identify an individual who is the alternative to Mr Modi. The question is irrelevant in the Parliamentary system. We are not electing an individual (as in a presidential system), but a party, or coalition of parties, that represents a set of principles and convictions that are invaluable to preserve India’s diversity, pluralism and inclusive growth,” he said in a post on X.
Regarding the Prime Ministerial choice, Tharoor emphasized that the selection of a specific person for the role is of “secondary consideration” compared to safeguarding democracy and diversity.
“Which specific person they will choose to be Prime Minister is a secondary consideration. Protecting our democracy and diversity comes first,” Tharoor said.
As he readies for his fourth Lok Sabha contest from Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram constituency against BJP leader Rajeev Chandrasekhar and Left front candidate Pannyan Ravindran, Tharoor has been actively campaigning for the upcoming elections.
The constituency is set to cast its votes in the second phase of the Lok Sabha polls on April 26.

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