Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Thursday night tweeted that former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has passed away at 78. Soon after, BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya tweeted that Mahajan is "hale and hearty."
Tharoor then deleted his tweet and put out a fresh one that read, "Thanks @kailashOnline. I have deleted my tweet. I wonder what motivates people to invent and spread such evil news that takes in people. My best wishes for Sumitra ji’s health and long life."
Tharoor had said in a tweet: "Saddened to learn of the passing of former LokSabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. I remember many positive interactions with her, including when she &the late Sushma Swaraj asked me to lead a Parliamentary delegation to BRICS in Moscow. My condolences to her family &prayers: OmShanti!”
Tharoor's tweet soon went viral following which several journalists and political leaders like Supriya Sule and Sharad Pawar took to Twitter to express condolences.
Reports earlier had claimed that she had complained of fever and was subsequently tested negative for COVID-19.