Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor on Friday asked a Kerala resident to withdraw an online petition on change.org that demands he be nominated as the UPA’s prime ministerial contender in 2019.
The petition that went viral on social media has so far received more than 16,000 signatures.
Through a Facebook post, the Congress leader said that he did not endorse the campaign.
I am a member of Parliament for the Congress Party, nothing more and nothing less. The party has a settled leadership, which is not up for debate. When changes occur they do so through an established procedureShashi Tharoor, Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram
Tharoor also said that he stands for the aspirations of the petitioners “for a better India”.
However, he added that it can be achieved through the “Indian National Congress and the values it enshrines”.
“I will continue, to the best of my abilities, with my work in Parliament, in Thiruvananthapuram, and in articulating my hopes for India and the ideas that make India — on those party platforms that are available to me, as well as on the national and international stage and through my writings,” Tharoor said.
The petition claimed that Tharoor is the most apt candidate among Congress leaders to become PM of the country as he has a working experience at the United Nations for more than 30 years.
Shashi Tharoor is a man well qualified with deep knowledge of international and national issues, who can connect with the people of India and with world leadersThe petition
The petition which was started by a man called Paul Trivandrum addressed to Sonia Gandhi, president of the Congress party, the AICC and the UPA.
It came in the backdrops of Congress party's poor performance in Uttar Pradesh election under the leadership of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.