Why cant Shashi Tharoor become PM

In a rare shift from his general attitude towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor lauded the PM on his ascent to "the most powerful office in the land" even though he came from humble beginnings.

"I think we should take @narendramodi's word for this. The fact that a person of humble origins has risen to the most powerful office in the land is a tribute to India's democracy and something all Indians can be proud of. The details are irrelevant," Shashi Tharoor tweeted.

Tharoor tweeted this along with an IndiaToday.in's article that said an RTI reply showed that there were no records to prove that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was ever a tea-seller on railway platforms or trains during his childhood.

Shashi Tharoor's tweet comes just a week after he praised Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary. In his statement, Tharoor had credited Nehru for creating democratic institutions that enabled a 'chaiwala' (tea-seller) to become the prime minister of the country.

"If today we have a 'chaiwala' as prime minister, it's because Nehru ji made it possible to create the institutional structures through which any Indian can aspire to rise to the highest office in the land," Tharoor said during the relaunch of his book, 'Nehru: The Invention of India', where UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi was also present.

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