BJP activists vandalize Shashi Tharoor's office following 'Hindu Pakistan' comments
On Monday, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor alleged that BJP Yuva Morcha "vandals" had trashed his constituency office at Thiruvananthapuram, and even tied a banner which read "Hindu Pakistan". Tharoor, who wasn't in the office during the incident, has been the focus of much attention since he said that India would turn into 'Hindu Pakistan' if the BJP returned to power in 2019. Here's more.
Tharoor's tweet about the incident
1/2 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.— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) July 16, 2018
Thiruvananthapuram BJP chief defends the act of vandalism
Going on the offensive, the Thiruvananthapuram district BJP chief, S Suresh, tried justifying the act of vandalism. Labeling the act as "protest" instead of vandalism, Suresh said that Tharoor had invited the ire of people through his "erroneous statement". Suresh added that the incident was "nothing but a natural protest" against Tharoor's inflammatory comments against the saffron party.
Congress leaders verbally attack the BJP over the incident
Hitting back, Tharoor insinuated that the incident demonstrated that the BJP's answer to critical questions would always be vandalism and violence. Congress leaders too went on the offensive, with senior Congress legislator V.D. Sateeshan telling the media that the vandalizing Tharoor's office was a demonstration of the BJP's arrogance. State Congress President M.M. Hassan and Leader of opposition Ramesh Chennithala strongly condemned the act.
Shashi Tharoor calls the BJP activists "Sanghi goondas"
2/2 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.— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) July 16, 2018
Tharoor had alleged that the BJP would destroy the Constitution
Last week, while delivering a lecture on 'Threats Faced by Indian Democracy and Secularism' in Thiruvananthapuram, Shashi Tharoor had alleged that the BJP would create a 'Hindu Pakistan' if voted back to power in the Lok Sabha elections of 2019. "Our democratic Constitution as we understand it will not survive," said Tharoor, adding that the BJP might write a new one on Hindutva principles.