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Chidambaram says, world will take note of "his cry of anguish and defiance"; Tharoor regrets, says he should have waited till 2019 elections

New Delhi, Jan 10:  Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram Thursday took a dig at the BJP-led central government over the resignation of IAS officer Shah Faesal, saying the world will take note of “his cry of anguish and defiance”.

Another top Congress leader, Shashi Tharoor regretted Faesal’s decision of resigning suggesting he should have waited till 2019 elections.

In a series of tweets, the former home and finance minister claimed whatever Faesal, the first Kashmiri IAS topper, had said was an indictment of the Narendra Modi government.

“Though sad, I salute Mr Shah Faesal IAS (now resigned). Every word of his statement is true and is an indictment of the BJP government. The world will take note of his cry of anguish and defiance,” he said.

Faesal has resigned from the civil services.

He had Wednesday attributed his decision to the “unabated killings in Kashmir”, the central government’s “lack of sincere” efforts to reach out to the Kashmiris and the “marginalisation of the Indian Muslims”.

Chidambaram said that not long ago “legendary police officer” Julio Ribeiro, a former DGP of Punjab and a former commissioner of Mumbai Police, had stated the same thing, but there was “not a word of reassurance from the rulers”.

“Such statements from our fellow citizens must make us hang our heads in regret and shame,” he said.

On the Modi government, Ribeiro had said the country needed inclusive development and not just for some sections.

He had also said he “felt threatened, not wanted, reduced to a stranger in his own country” and that he never felt that he belonged to a different religion.

Meanwhile, senior Congress leader, Shashi Tharoor while regretting Faesal’s resignation, today said that he should have waited for 2019 elections.

Tharoor tweeted: “I am deeply disappointed by this decision made by an IAS topper of whom all India was proud. I understand your frustration with the present Government, which many of us feel. But you could have waited for the 2019 elections to produce a more humane, proactive Govt. All the best.”

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