Shashi Tharoor goes ahead with Clean India drive, cleans Kerala beach
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The News Minute | October 25, 2014 | 2.30 pm IST Despite facing wrath of his party, Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor went ahead with the Clean India campaign in his constituency. He was nominated by the Prime Minister on October 2 to take part in the Swachh Bharat or Clean IndiaÂ campaign. The PM's invite had created much furore and the Kerala unit of the Congress opposed Tharoor. The tussle finally ended with him being removed as Congress spokesperson. Read:Â Donâ€™t liaison with secret lover, leave the party - Congress paper editorial tells Tharoor KPCC recommends disciplinary action against Tharoor to AICC leadership Shashi Tharoor removed as Congress spokesperson On Saturday morning heÂ started the Clean India campaign at Vizhinjam beach, Thiruvananthapuram. Â â€śCleaning is a good habit, why should it be connected to politics? Whatever politics you follow the ultimate aim should be countryâ€™s developmentâ€ť Tharoor told media. He had put out this photograph on his Facebook page on Friday along with this message: "Vizhinjam Beach, a splendid site ruined by filth and garbage; which I will clean with the help of local residents tomorrow (25th October) at 11am." Tharoor, in his tweet after the cleaning exercise, put out a word of clarification. Before my actions today are distorted: a clean India requires no label. Why cede Gandhiji's sanitation drive to any party? A national cause. â€” Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) October 25, 2014 Tharoor seems to have taken the campaign very seriously. He further put out a message for the Prime Minister. If @PMOIndia is sincere about #SwachhBharat, I have a project to clean up the Parvathy Puthenaar canal in Tvm which will need 100s of crores â€” Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) October 25, 2014 Â As a part of the Clean India mission, PM Modi had also nominated eight other eminent personalities including Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Ambani and Salman Khan to spread awareness about the drive.