Congress MP Shashi Tharoor denied reports that he was is planning to join Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He gave an explanation after a statement by CPM Kerala secretary that four Congress leaders, including Tharoor, plans to join BJP. 
 

Tharoor, in a Facebook post, explained that his convictions do not match with that of BJP. "Given the number of people asking, let me repeat that my convictions are a matter of record and they do not match those of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). For 40+years I have spoken and written in defence of a pluralist India with equal rights for all its citizens and communities. On this, no compromise. Rumours of my joining BJP have been floated periodically with no basis whatsoever. I deny them categorically and without qualification."' he said. 
 

 

Balakrishnan had said that there are reports that Congress leaders from Kerala are joining BJP and KPCC president M M Hassan had said that one of them was Tharoor. 
 

However, Hassan denied having made any such remarks. "Media persons asked me about the report on four Congress leaders from the state joining BJP, and I clarified that there is no such thing. Congress in Kerala does not have any fortune seekers like Jaffer Sharif and S M Krishna," Hassan said.
 

Hassan also said that he contacted Tharoor and asked about the news for which he (Tharoor) replied that it was only a propaganda by the BJP.