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Jul 21, 2013 at 02:44pm IST

Congress will not allow Modi's claims to go unchallenged: Shashi Tharoor

New Delhi: Minister of State for Human Resources Shashi Tharoor refuted the allegation that the Congress is deliberately playing along with the political agenda being set by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to save itself the embarrassment of responding to critical areas of concern like the state of the economy. Tharoor claimed that the party will not allow the claims made by Modi go unchallenged. He was speaking to Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate.

Here is the transcript of an excerpt from the interview:

Karan Thapar: Every time Narendra Modi held out bait the Congress party snapped at it. People say actually you do it deliberately. They say at all costs you want to ensure that the public focus of debate does not come on to issues like inflation, terror, the economy or corruption because on all those subjects you are weak and you don't have an argument.

Shashi Tharoor: Look we are willing to stand up on every one of the issues you have just summarised, because we believed nine years of UPA rule have actually made the country better off that actually it was nine years back. As far as us allowing Modi to set the agenda we are simply deciding he will not go unchallenged.