Support to centre on Thiruvananthapuram Airport row: Sashi Tharoor faces stringent criticism from all quarters

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor faced stringent criticism from various corners, including his own party, as he came in support for union government in leasing out Thiruvananthapuram airport to Adani group.

Tharoor on Thursday came under fire from state Minister of Tourism Kadakampally Surendran for his support to the Centre’s decision to lease out the international airport to Adani Enterprises. The Congress party has also opposed the Centre’s decision.

“My position on the airport has been consistent since before the elections. I am not a politician who says one thing to the voters and something else afterwards for political convenience. Had my colleagues consulted me before taking a negative stand, I would have explained my views to them. I am speaking in the best interests of my constituency. As its MP, that is my job.” Tharoor said in a Tweet.

“The people of Thiruvananthapuram want a first-class airport worthy of the city’s history, status, and potential. In this context, a decision, however controversial, is preferable to the long delay we have suffered,” he added.

“The reality is that a private entity running the operations competitively is the only way this airport could flourish. Whoever it is, the ownership of the land and airport as well as the responsibilities of the ATC, Security, Customs and Immigration still remains with the Govt agencies,” added Tharoor.