“Have they started a Taliban in Hindutva,” Shashi Tharoor hits back at ‘Sanghi goons’

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Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has hit back at ‘Sanghi goons’ after a group of Hindutva supporters attacked his office saying that “have they started a Taliban in Hindutva.”

Shashi Tharoor
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Speaking at an event in Thiruvananthapuram, Tharoor on Tuesday was quoted by news agency ANI as saying, “They (BJYM) are asking me to go to Pakistan. Who has given them the right to decide that I am not a Hindu like them and I don’t have the right to stay in the country? Have they started a Taliban in Hinduism?”

His remarks came a day after his constituency office in Kerala was vandalised on Monday. Tharoor alleged it was carried out by the BJP’s youth wing members.

In a series of tweets, Tharoor wrote, “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.

“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 & violence. That is the face they have shown inThiruvananthapuram today. Most Hindus will say these Sanghi goondas do not represent us.”

In his last tweet, the MP from Thiruvananthapuram wrote, “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.”

BJP’s youth wing members smeared black oil on Tharoor’s constituency office here over his comment that a ‘Hindu Pakistan’ would be created if the ruling party at the Centre returned to power.

Tharoor however, was not present in the office when the incident took place. He was attending other functions in the city. The Yuva Morcha activists, according to an IANS report, shouted anti-Tharoor slogans, barged into the office and even tied a banner saying ‘Hindu Pakistan’ office.

5 people were arrested in connection with the vandalism and later released on bail.

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