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What Krishna told Tharoor on row over tweets

December 30, 2009 16:11 IST

"Everyone will have to fall on the same page," was the External Affairs Minister S M Krishna's message on Wednesday to his junior Shashi Tharoor who publicly questioned the new visa rules.

Minutes after Tharoor met him, Krishna said there could be different perceptions, but there is also a method and procedure to "sort out" those issues and he was sure that his deputy minister "understands" that.

"The broad policy parameters are dictated, decided by the minister in-charge of External Affairs of this country and everyone will have to fall on the same page," he said when asked if Tharoor and the ministry were on the same page.

Krishna publicly rebuked Tharoor for using the social networking site 'twitter' for questioning the relevance of tightening of visa norms in the backdrop of David Headley episode. "26/11 killers had no visas", he had posted and wondered if the new rules will make India a less welcoming destinations for tourists.

About repeated controversies over Tharoor tweeting, Krishna said, "I would request you to not generalise issues. There could be different perceptions. As I have said in my statement earlier and if there are different perception then I think there is a method, there is a procedure where we sort out those issues and I am sure that Tharoor understands that."

He said the two also discussed the visa policy but did not give the details of the talks.

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