Shashi Tharoor to brainstorm with Kerala diaspora on Feb. 19

Shashi Tharoor
Shashi Tharoor

The Congress leader will seek the diaspora’s suggestion for his party’s election manifesto.

Indian National Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, who is in charge of drafting the poll manifesto of the United Democratic Front, led by his party, will hold a virtual meeting with Malayalees worldwide on Friday, February 19.

The zoom session with Tharoor will be held at 10 am EST (8:30 pm IST) on Friday, Feb. 19.

The Congress leader is currently brainstorming with a wide spectrum of Malayalees for their suggestions, which will be included in the UDF platform, dubbed as “People’s manifesto.”

Elections to the Kerala Legislative Assembly are likely to be held in May.

During his live interactions with the diaspora, he will seek suggestions from members of the global Malayalee diaspora about various issues that are affecting them.

The event is hosted by the Indian Overseas Congress, the Overseas Indian Cultural Congress and Indian Cultural and Arts Society, among other Malayalee organizations,

It will be open to all and will be shared live on social media handles of the Indian Overseas Congress.

Tharoor, who represents the Thiruvananthapuram constituency in Lok Sabha, the upper house of India’s parliament, has been entrusted by his party’s national leadership to seek the views of different groups for the manifesto.

The Congress party is trying to return to power after being in opposition since 2016.

According to the International Overseas Congress, “This will be the first time that a political party from Kerala will be interacting with the Kerala diaspora to solicit the views and suggestions of NRIs, to be incorporated into the election manifesto.”

The organization said the Malayalee diaspora is “famed for their enterprising nature and contribution to Indian society” and the Congress party is “seeking their views and ideas to promote an inclusive, sensitive and progressive society.”

Tharoor served as a minister for state for external affairs and minister for state for human development in the United Progressive Alliance led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He has been representing Thiruvananthapuram, the Kerala capital, in Lok Sabha since 2009.

Tharoor previously served as Under Secretary General of the United Nations from 2002 to 2007.

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