“Modi Avtar 2? Let's not jump to conclusions but wait and watch,” he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Digvijay’s tweet came in response to a barrage of questions a day after Tharoor's praise appeared in a US news website in which he had among other things remarked that Modi was looking to turn himself from a ‘hate figure into an avatar of modernity and progress’.

On his part, Tharoor said that he cannot be called a fan of Modi.  

"No, afraid you can't.  I have been intrigued by the fact that the paraphrases of my piece I have seen in the Indian media looks like people don't actually read every word and every nuance," he said.

Tharoor said his piece very clearly explains that for a dozen years the Congress party had good reasons to criticize him very severely for the 2002 riots.

Tharoor was all praise for the language and tone used by Modi and so he thought it would be churlish not to acknowledge it.

"We should acknowledge that this may be the evolution of Modi 2.0 but if Modi 1.0 reemerges, then we will robustly oppose him," he said.


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