Thiruvananthapuram: Congress leader and MP Shashi Tharoor’s office in his constituency Thiruvananthapuram was attacked by activists of the BJP’s youth wing on Monday, days after he sparked a row with remarks that the BJP, if voted to power again, will rewrite the Constitution and pave the way for creation of a “Hindu Pakistan”.
Members of the Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) raised slogans against Mr Tharoor and smeared black oil on the walls of his office while demanding an apology for his comments. The protesters also placed a wreath with the message “Pakistan Office” at the entrance of Mr Tharoor’s office.
The Congress leader, charging that members of BJP’s Yuva Morcha were behind the attack, lashed out at the saffron party for resorting to “vandalism and violence”. “Today @YUVAMORCHABJP vandals attacked my constituency office in Thiruvananthapuram. They poured black engine oil on signs, doors, walls and gate, drove away innocent citizens waiting with their petitions, put up offensive banners and shouted slogans asking me to go to Pakistan,” he tweeted.
“More details are emerging of their vile conduct. They threatened to kill me and to shut down my MP office. This is an assault on democracy and on freedom of expression. We have taken it to the Kerala Police,” Mr Tharoor wrote. “We have all been warned. The BJP’s answer to the simple question, “Have you given up the dream of a Hindu Rashtra?” is apparently vandalism and violence… Most Hindus will say these Sanghi goondas do not represent us,” Mr Tharoor tweeted.
Defending their action, state unit vice-president of the BJYM Renjith Chandran said that such “democratic protests” will continue against the former Union minister who has a “soft corner” for Pakistan. “The comments were made for political gains. He should not have made the remarks. The remark, which will lead to communal polarisation, should be withdrawn,” he said....