In a joint statement posted on Facebook on Thursday, the couple that they were distressed by the unseemly controversy over some ‘unauthorized tweets’ from their Twitter accounts.

"Various distorted accounts of comments allegedly made by Sunanda have appeared in the press. It appears that some personal and private comments responding to these unauthorized tweets - comments that were not intended for publication - have been misrepresented and led to some erroneous conclusions," they said.

"We wish to stress that we are happily married and intend to remain that way. Sunanda has been ill and hospitalised this week and is seeking to rest. We would be grateful if the media respects our privacy," the joint statement said.

Tharoor's wife on Wednesday posted on Twitter: "Our accounts have not been hacked and I have been sending out these tweets. I cannot tolerate this. This is a Pakistani woman who is an ISI agent, and she is stalking my husband. And you know how men are.”

Mehr Tarar, a Pakistani journalist, who has been in touch with Tharoor, expressed surprise over the controversy.

 “I know Shashi Tharoor and respect him greatly. Have tweeted/written about it openly. Feel awful about what is being tweeted,” she said on twitter.

However, the Left and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kerala appeared to be unconvinced on the issue.

"The allegation of Tharoor's links with a Pakistani lady has come from his own wife, and hence it is all the more serious. He should be immediately ousted from the cabinet," Kerala BJP president V Muraleedharan told reporters on Thursday.

Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) politburo member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said the allegations against Tharoor are very serious, and a detailed probe is necessary to reveal the truth.

"It is appropriate that a detailed probe into what has surfaced be done, at the earliest," Balakrishnan told reporters on Thursday.

The controversy comes at a time when Tharoor, who won the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha seat in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, is set to be named the Congress candidate in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls as well.

(Agencies)

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