Difficult to tell ‘fakeeri from fakery’: Shashi Tharoor’s jibe at Modi

This comes after the prime minister shared with children the 'secret' behind his 'radiant face'

Modi and Tharoor
Modi has often used the word 'fakir' to portray himself as a man who rose from poverty to the top post | Photo: PTI File

In his trademark style of playing with words, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Saturday (January 25) took a jibe at Narendra Modi a day after the prime minister told the winners of children’s bravery awards the ‘secret’ behind his ‘radiant face’.

“Someone asked me many years ago, how come you have such a radiant face? I had a simple answer. I said I work hard and I sweat so much that I massage my face with it and it gives me a glow,” Modi was quoted as saying by NDTV, during his interaction with the awardees on Friday.

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Reacting to the prime minister’s comment, Tharoor on Saturday said, “In an air-conditioned office or from an air-conditioned plane, it’s sometimes difficult to tell fakeeri (ascetic) from fakery!” Modi has often used the word ‘fakir’ to portray himself as a man who rose from poverty to the top post.

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