New Delhi: When injured Congress leader Shashi Tharoor had a visitor at the hospital, he couldn’t help appreciating the gesture. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited Tharoor, who is admitted in a hospital since he sustained head injuries a day ago, and the Thiruvananthapuram MP took to Twitter to acknowledge Sitharam for her graciousness.

A day ago, Tharoor had sustained head injuries when the hook of a weighing scale came off and its iron panel hit his head while he was performing ‘thulabharam’ ritual at a Devi temple. Tharoor tweeted, “Touched by the gesture of Nirmala Sitharaman, who dropped by today morning to visit me in the hospital, amid her hectic electioneering in Kerala. Civility is a rare virtue in Indian politics – great to see her practice it by example!”

Notably, when the accident took place, Sitharaman was busy with a roadshow at Kerala along with BJP candidate Kummanam Rajasekharan who is contesting against Tharoor from the Thiruvananthapuram parliamentary seat. The other person who is contesting from this seat is ruling LDF candidate C Divakaran (CPI).

Tharoor received first aid at a government general hospital. He was later taken to the Trivandrum Medical College for a detailed examination. Due to the injury, Tharoor required six stitches. The 63-year old MP also suffered a minor leg injury in the incident. Congress party leader Thampanoopr Ravi reportedly said that Tharoor’s election programmes for the day were cancelled.

‘Thulabharam’ is a Hindu ritual in which a person is weighed against a commodity such as flowers, grains, fruits and similar articles in temples and the equal value or quantity is offered as donation. Monday being the Malayalam new year day (‘Vishu’), Tharoor performed the ritual by offering sugar equal to his weight in the morning before embarking on his poll campaign. Meanwhile, Tharoor is aiming for a hat-trick from the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala.

Television channels showed the former union minister getting into a car with a bandaged head and waving to onlookers wearing a blood-stained kurta. A Medical College source reportedly said that Tharoor is “keeping well” and his condition is “stable”.”He is under observation. He has no other serious health issues. But due to the flow of visitors, he has been shifted to ICU now from the observation ward,” the official said adding that the MP has to undergo a repeat scan.

(With agency inputs)