Communist Party of India (Marxist) youth wing Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) on Friday criticised Union Minister Shashi Tharoor for his twitter comment on the economy class, saying it amounted to insulting the people of the country as a whole.

The sarcastic comment of Mr. Tharoor betrayed his contempt for the poorer sections of people and reflected his “five star” culture, the DYFI State Secretariat said in a statement.

It was strange that the Congress party had not even bothered to seek an explanation from Mr. Tharoor despite his “cattle class” remark, which drew flak from different quarters, DYFI said, addding that the Minister should apologise for what he had said.