But his wife Sunanda had allegedly taken control of the Twitter account and sent the messages, irate about his relationship with Tarar. Later, Tharoor’s wife—his third—took to Twitter herself to call the journalist a Pakistani intelligence agent, and accuse her of stalking her husband.

Then she told the Indian Express that she was seeking a divorce.

On Jan. 16, Tharoor and his wife issued a joint statement (on Facebook) that bizarrely asked the public to forget the whole thing:

Various distorted accounts of comments allegedly made by Sunanda have appeared in the press…We wish to stress that we are happily married and intend to remain that way. Sunanda has been ill and hospitalized this week and is seeking to rest.

Tharoor now joins other notaries like British member of Parliament Ed Balls, who created a one-man meme by tweeting just his name:

and then failing to delete it, inspiring British voters to declare the day “Ed Balls Day” and continue to celebrate it two years on.

Whether the situation will have any long-term impact on India’s upcoming national election is unclear. Tharoor bounced back quickly from an earlier “scandal,” involving allegations against his wife, and Indian voters have turned a blind (or at least forgiving) eye in the past to allegations of corruption, infidelity, and evidence of downright incompetence. Allegations of romantic involvement with a woman from Pakistan, however, may be a tweet too far.

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