Tharoor's effigy burnt for his remark on austerity

      In reaction to Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor's remark about the government's austerity drive on a social networking site, activists from the All India Youth Federation (AIYF), the youth wing of the Communist Party of India (CPI), burnt his effigy in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday. Media had quoted Tharoor as saying on Twitter that he would travel in "cattle class out of solidarity with all our holy cows", which was termed "unacceptable and totally insensitive" by Congress. The activists said that they would boycott Tharoor's functions at Thiruvananthapuram, which is his home constituency, till he apologises to the people of the country. "AIYF will continue its strike against Shashi Tharoor till he withdraws his statement and have to apologize to the people of India, we will boycott all his official functions and will show the black flag in his functions," said M.Kumar, District Secretary of AIYF. Earlier, the Congress party had slammed Tharoor 's remarks on the austerity drive. "Certainly the Congress doesn't endorse or approve it and we find it unacceptable. We find this articulation unacceptable and absolutely insensitive," said Congress spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan.

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