BH CORRESPONDENT, Thiruvananthapuram: Now, we know how language has always be a strength for Congress MP Shashi Tharoor. Well, the language we are talking here is not English, but Bengali and he seems to be quite fluent in that too.
In a recent video on Twitter, the Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram was heard speaking in fluent Bengali where he assured the migrant workers from Bengal, living in Kerala not to worry. He also assured them of food and water amid the nationwide and asked them to stay in Kerala for the time being.
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) April 1, 2020
Addressing the workers, the MP said, “I understand the conditions are tough. But you need to understand that at present, it is impossible to cross any state borders as all of them are closed”.
He added that the Kerala government has assured food, water and other supplies to migrant workers at this time of crisis. “It is my request to each one of you, wherever you are, just stay there,” he added. The entire speech was made in Bengali.
The video was applauded by netizens. Some, however, chose to criticise the message, claiming not many migrant workers were following Tharoor on Twitter.
However, Tharoor was quick to clarify that the message had actually been recorded at the behest of a media house which would be broadcasting the message on their platforms.
how many migrant workers follow you on twitter, sir?
— Sasidharan Pazhoor (@inquestioner) April 1, 2020
A week since the imposition of the 21-day national lockdown to counter the spread of coronavirus in India, migrant workers across the country have taken to the road to return to their native places. With jobs drying up and food running out, the past week saw a mass exodus of workers from across India who walked back home in the absence of public transport.