Agencies, New Delhi
The controversy over tweets by Union Minister Shashi Tharoor to a Pakistani journalist, and subsequent allegations by the Minister’s wife of her husband being stalked, have snowballed forcing the couple to issue a joint statement saying they were ‘’happily married.’’
A statement issued by Shashi Tharoor and his wife Sunanda today after the controversy hogged headlines since yesterday, said they were ‘’happily married’’ and intend to remain that way”.
They said they were ‘’distressed by the unseemly controversy’’ that had arisen about some unauthorised tweets from their hacked Twitter accounts”.
‘’Various distorted accounts of comments allegedly made by Ms Sunanda have appeared in the press. It appears that some personal and private comments responding to these unauthorised tweets—comments that were not intended for publication—have been misrepresented and led to some erroneous conclusions,’’ it said.
The statement said Ms Sunanda had been ill and hospitalised this week and wanted to rest.
‘’We would be grateful if the media respects our privacy,’’ the statement which was posted on Facebook as well as Twitter, said.
The controversy began yesterday when Mr Tharoor’s Twitter account was reportedly hacked and some ‘romantic’ Twitter messages sent to the Pakistani journalist. Mr Tharoor later clarified on the micro-blogging site that his account had been hacked. But the damage had been done.
The hacked tweets spoke about a romantic link between the Union Minister and Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar.
The Tweets quoted Mr Tharoor as saying ‘’I’m not crying any more. I’m not falling to pieces. I’m more lucid than ever. How little I knew you became visible to me. @mehrtarar.’’
Sent at 1718 hours, it had 187 Retweets and 43 Favourites.
The second Tweet said, ‘’You unfollowed me. You don’t RT me and you don’t answer me on twitter. I can live with your favourites. I have your personal validation.’’
It was sent at 1736 Hrs and had 181 Retweets and 37 Favourites.
The third Tweet sent at 1741 Hrs, said, ‘’Have your personal validation of my words, I don’t need any public one. For that I will wait until we are together publically really mehr.’’
It had 102 Retweets and 31 Favourites. The Minister later tweeted a clarification at 1748 Hrs saying ‘’Sorry folks, my @Twitter account has been hacked and will be temporarily deactivated. Bear with me while we solve this.’’
The Pakistani journalist spoke to Indian television channels from her country denying all the allegations and threatened to sue Sunanda for saying that Ms Tarar had been stalking Mr Tharoor.
Sunanda’s Twitter account showed several tweets sent today.