Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said on Tuesday he is confident of retaining the Thiruvananthapuram parliamentary constituency, which has held for two terms, as he cast his vote in the third phase of polling in the Lok Sabha election across Kerala and India.
Thiruvananthapuram is witnessing an interesting and closely-watched contest as Shashi Tharoor is up against former state BJP chief and former governor of Mizoram Kummanam Rajasekharan.
The veteran BJP leader resigned from his post as Mizoram governor at the behest of the party within ten months of being appointed to the prestigious position to contest the Lok Sabha election.
“I am very confident that I will be serving the people of Thiruvananthapuram for another five years as their MP. I believe they want me to continue raising their voice, their concerns, their hopes on the national and very necessarily international stage as I have done for ten years,” Tharoor said while speaking to reporters after casting his vote.
“And I know that the values and principles of the people of Kerala are values that are the core with me and my party. Values of pluralism, of diversity, of secularism and of inclusiveness and of social justice. We are standing for very, very clear ideas of what India is all about and what our country should be like,” he said.