Mumbai: Oct 30, 2012
Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor hit back at Gujrat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, after the latter called Sunanda Pushkar, Tharoor’s wife, ‘5o-crore-rupee girlfriend,’ who had almost 70 crore stake in the Indian Premier League team Kochi Tuskers Kerala.
Tharoor, who was accused of misusing his ministry powers to obtain favours from Kochi IPL team, tweeted, “My wife is worth a lot more than your imaginary 50 crores. She is priceless. But you need2be able2love some1 2understand that (sic).”
Earlier, Modi took a jibe on Tharoor’s personal life, by stating, “Wah kya girlfriend hai. Apne kabhi dekha hai 50 crore ka girlfriend?" (What a girlfriend? Have you ever seen a 50-crore girlfriend?)”
"There was a Congress leader who was a minister. He was accused of amassing wealth from cricket. He had said in Parliament that he is not connected to the Rs 50 crore in the lady's name," Modi further added.
Tharoor was earlier dropped from his previous ministry after getting involved in an IPL controversy. On October 28, 2012, he sworn in as Minister of State, for HRD.
"...And then girlfriend becomes wife, we learn some time later...the issues are still not settled and he (Tharoor) is now made a minister," Modi was quoted as saying by Zee News.