Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Monday alleged that the BJP workers had threatened to kill him for his recent comments saying that India will turn into Hindu Pakistan if the saffron party was voted back to power in 2019.
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.”
Earlier today, 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.
Thiruvananthapuram district BJP President S. Suresh said that 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,” Suresh was quoted as saying.
Senior Congress legislator VD Sateeshan told the media that the incident was a show of the BJP’s arrogance. State Congress President MM Hassan and Leader of opposition Ramesh Chennithala strongly condemned the act.
Speaking on “Threats faced by Indian Democracy and Secularism” at an event in Thiruvananthapuram last week, Tharoor had said, “The great danger is that if they (the BJP) are able to win a repeat of their current strength in the Lok Sabha, then frankly our democratic constitution as we understand will not survive because they will have all the three elements they need to tear up the Constitution of India and write a new one.