I will continue to tweet: Tharoor

 
Describing tweeting as “an innovative medium of communication,” the minister of state for external affairs said: “Barack Obama uses it; Hillary Clinton used it while she was in Delhi, and Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd does it.

“So, twitter will continue, and I will not exercise self-censorship but some moderation,” he said in an interview to India Today magazine. Tharoor got into trouble with his party for his “cattle class” remarks, which he used to describe travelling economy class. As part of the austerity drive, the Congress has asked all its ministers to travel economy class.

Asked if he was disappointed that his party spokespersons rebuked him, Tharoor said: “Of course, I was disappointed as I had come here to make a difference.” He also asserted that he made “serious financial” as well as “emotional sacrifice” to join politics. “At the cost of being blunt, I will have to say that I have made a serious financial sacrifice. I left a well-paying corporate job and gave up my speaking fees, which were generous.  Secondly, it has been an emotional sacrifice, I am far away from my wife.”

On his stay in the Taj Hotel as a minister, Tharoor said he paid his own bills through a credit card, contrary to reports that it was paid by a Dubai-based company named Afras.

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