Senior Congress leader and parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor’s office in his constituency Thiruvananthapuram was vandalised on Monday by the youth wing activists of the BJP, police said, according to PTI.
Tharoor said that the BJP and “Sanghi goondas” orchestrated the attack on his office. He said the BJP Yuva Morcha vandals drove innocent people waiting with their petitions out of the office and threatened to kill him.
“Today @YUVAMORCHABJP vandals attacked my constituency office in Thiruvananthapuram. They poured black engine oil on signs, doors, walls & gate, drove away innocent citizens waiting with their petitions, put up offensive banners & shouted slogans asking me to go to Pakistan,” the Congress MP tweeted.
"More details are emerging of their vile conduct. They threatened to kill me & to shut down my MP office. This is an assault on democracy & on freedom of expression. We have taken it to the Kerala Police," he said in a series of tweets.
The attack on Tharoor’s office came days after he triggered a controversy with his remarks that the BJP will rewrite the Constitution and create a “Hindu Pakistan” if voted to power again.
While the Congress distanced itself from the controversy and asked its leaders to choose their words wisely, the BJP took strong exception to Tharoor’s “Hindu Pakistan” remark and asked Rahul Gandhi to apologise for the “attack on Indian democracy and Hindus” by his party’s MP.
(With inputs from agencies)