‘My mother is perfectly fine. Please do not rely on false news’
- ‘My niece refuted Tharoor on Twitter but what was the urgency in announcing without confirmation’
- ‘No one bothered to even cross check with the Indore administration’
- Shashi Tharoor had announced the demise of Sumitra Mahajan; he deleted the tweet later
New Delhi: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor retracted his tweet announcing the demise of former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Thursday night after BJP leaders pointed out that she was absolutely fine.
Tharoor later said he was relieved that Mahajan is doing fine.
“I am relieved if that is so. I received this from what I thought was a reliable source… Happy to retract and appalled that anyone would make up such news,” he said in a tweet.
Reacting to this, Sumitra Mahajan said that her niece refuted Tharoor on Twitter and asked what was the urgency in announcing without confirmation?
I am as healthy as my voice: Sumitra Mahajan
When a reporter called Mahajan to enquire about her health after Tharoor’s tweet, the former Lok Sabha Speaker said, “How am I sounding?… I am as healthy as my voice.”
Mahajan’s son Mandar put out a video clip, saying his mother is perfectly fine and urged people not to reply to false news being spread about her death.
“My mother is perfectly fine. Please do not rely on false news being spread about her. Her COVID report is negative. I met her only in the evening and she is healthy,” he said in the video.
BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya also replied to Tharoor’s tweet informing him that Mahajan is perfectly healthy.
‘Wonder what motivates people to invent and spread such evil news’
“Thanks @kailashOnline. I have deleted my tweet. I wonder what motivates people to invent and spread such evil news that takes in people. My best wishes for Sumitra ji’s health and long life,” the Congress leader said in another tweet.
Rajesh Aggarwal, a close aide of the former Lok Sabha speaker, told PTI that Mahajan was admitted to the Bombay hospital in Indore on Wednesday after she had a mild fever.
“She is fine now and does not have a fever. She was also tested for COVID and her RT-PCR report has come negative,” he said.
Mahajan (78) was the Lok Sabha speaker from 2014 to 2019 and before that, she had represented the Indore Lok Sabha constituency in Parliament for eight terms.