New Delhi, Jul 16: A group of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers vandalized Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s office in Kerala’s Trivandrum on Monday afternoon. The attack is reportedly orchestrated by the Bhartiya Yuva Morcha activists, to protest against Tharoor’s ‘Hindu Pakistan’ remark. Tharoor however, was not present in the office when the incident took place. He was attending other functions. Also Read - Jammu And Kashmir: Voting Underway In 2nd Phase of DDC Polls Amid Tight Security
The Yuva Morcha activists, shouting anti-Tharoor slogans, barged into the office and even tied a banner saying “Hindu Pakistan” office. According to reports, police said that the workers reportedly poured black oil at the entrance of the office. The protesters fled the scene when the police reached. A case has been registered against unidentified persons. Also Read - GHMC Elections 2020 LIVE Updates: 18.2% Voter Turnout Recorded Till Noon; Repolls in 69 Stations
Condemning the attack, Tharoor said, “People had come with their concerns but you scared them away from here. Is this what we want in our country? I am asking as a citizen, not as an MP. This is not the Hinduism that I know of.”
Thiruvananthapuram district BJP President S. Suresh said the incident was a protest against a wrong statement. “This protest took place as Tharoor is the Lok Sabha member from here and hence this is nothing but a natural protest because of his erroneous statement,” said Suresh. Senior Congress legislator V.D. Sateeshan told the media that the incident was a show of the BJP’s arrogance.
On July 14, a Kolkata court summoned Tharoor following a petition moved by lawyer Sumeet Chowdhury dubbing the leader’s comments as “a deliberate and malicious act ” that was “intended” at “outraging” religious feelings.
Last week, Tharoor had stated that if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wins the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, it will create a condition leading to the formation of a ‘Hindu Pakistan’.
Addressing an event in Thiruvananthapuram, Tharoor had said, “If they (BJP) win a repeat in the Lok Sabha our democratic constitution as we understand it will not survive as they will have all the elements they need to tear apart the constitution of India and write a new one. That new one will be the one which will enshrine principles of Hindu Rashtra, that will remove equality for minorities, that’ll create a Hindu Pakistan.”
Tharoor’s statement drew flak from various political quarters, with the BJP demanding an apology from the Congress president Rahul Gandhi.