New Delhi: The reverberations of an angry wife seizing control of her Union Minister husband's twitter handle for a short duration on Wednesday night were being felt from Kerala to Kashmir to Karachi on Thursday.
A few tweets were what it took Union Minister Shashi Tharoor's livid wife Sunanda Pushkar to accuse Lahore-based journalist Mehr Tarar of being an ISI agent and having an affair with her husband/stalking him. And soon we had a grand marital drama playing out in the open.
Tharoor's attempts at firefighting by closing his account after claiming that it had been hacked were summarily dismissed.
"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 (Inter Services Intelligence) agent, and she is stalking my husband. And you know how men are. He is flattered by the attention. I took upon myself the crimes of this man during IPL (Indian Premier League). I will not allow this to be done to me. I just can't tolerate this. I have nothing more to say," Pushkar categorically told the Economic Times.
To the Indian Express, Sunanda said she would now "seek divorce" from Tharoor.
All this after having tweeted that "for her information Shashi and I are very happy together. Sad for her to know, I guess. I get sick and go away for treatment and the vultures pounce". Lady, Lady, make up your mind!
On NDTV, a more sober-sounding Mrs Tharoor returned to her twitter stance stating that she has "no intention at the moment to leave her husband", whom she termed a "happily married man".
Economic Times, meanwhile, managed to contact Mehr Tarar too who said she is going to sue Pushkar for calling her an ISI agent. "Is it so easy to become an ISI agent?" Tarar was quoted by the paper as asking. Interesting question that.
"Why am I defending myself? If someone has gone insane then why are you asking me questions? I am a housewife, I have a kid," Tarar went on to tellTimes Now. "I don't even know where this has come from. This is completely untrue. She is lying."
Tarar said her only interaction with Tharoor was when she interviewed him for an article article called Meeting Shashi Tharoor, when his "views as a politician fascinated me".
Tharoor will shed further light for all our benefit when he will issue a statement on the controversy later if Sunanda's promise to NDTV can be relied upon.
Watch this space for more...
The tweets that Sunande sent from her husband's twitter handle to ignite the controversy
@mehrtarar I love you, Shashi Tharoor. And I go while in love with you, irrevocably, irreversibly, hamesha. Bleeding, but always your Mehr, Shashi.
Shashi, 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 @mehrtara
Sadly my wife @sptvrock (Sunanda Pushkar’s twitter handle) who gave up everything for me found out about my affair with you Mehr
You unfollowed me. You don't RT me and you don’t answer me on twitter. I have your personal validation of my words. I don't need any public one. For that I will wait until we are together publically.
Sunanda Pushkar's tweets
@MehrTarar the audacity of a woman desperaely in love with an Indian "please shashi dont make me go i pleaded and begged i love u Shashi "
@MehrTarar leave us Indians alone and stop talking to my huband and pleading with him its digrading respect youself as a women
its funny on a election yr ppl want to bring down an MP using a Paki journo who has lost her job and tries with everyone including with Omar
Mehr Tarar's twitter response
@MehrTarar The blonde's aqal is weaker thn her grammar & spellings. From an 'affair' it has become 'stalking'..make up yr mind, darlin'.Which one is it?
My name is Mehr, and I am not an ISI agent. Or RAW. Or CIA. Or Mossad. Or even the dead KGB. May I go now?
Tharoor's final tweet to his 2 million followers before his twitter handle was temporarily shut down
Sorry folks, my twitter account has been hacked and will be temporarily deactivated. Bear with me while we solve this.