Former Union minister and senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor praised BJP leader and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday after she came to see him at a hospital.
Tharoor was admitted to a hospital here yesterday after he sustained head injuries while performing a ritual at a temple in the state capital. When Tharoor was performing the “Thulabharam” ritual, the hook of a weighing scale detached and its iron panel fell on the Congress leader’s head.
Thulabharam is an ancient Hindu ritual in which a person is weighed against a commodity like gold, grain, fruits or other objects, and then the equivalent weight of that commodity is offered as donation by the person or his/her family members. Tharoor performed the ritual on Monday, the day being the Malayalam New Year day ‘Vishu’, and offered sugar as donation. He was due to start his poll campaign after the ritual.
Tharoor also tweeted about the incident.
He wrote: “A heavy iron hook fell on my head when a temple Thulabharam scale gave way. Lots of blood but no apparent other damage. Thank God it didn’t hurt anyone around me — could have caused a very serious injury,” said the Congress leader.
After sustaining head injuries, Tharoor was rushed to the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College. He was reported to be out of danger and is likely to be discharged later today.
Sitharaman, who is in the state to campaign for her Bharatiya Janata Party, visited the MP at the hospital to enquire about his health.
Tharoor, the party’s candidate from the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency, tweeted a picture of the visit, saying he was touched by the minister’s gesture in the midst of hectic election campaigning. “Civility is a rare virtue in Indian politics — great to see her practice it by example!,” he added.
Nirmala Sitharaman, who has sparred bitterly with Congress leaders, especially its chief Rahul Gandhi over the Rafale deal controversy, is seen smiling in the photo as she shakes his hand.
Congress’ Tharoor is the two time sitting MP from the constituency. He is up against the NDA’s Kummanam Rajasekharan, a BJP leader and former Governor of Mizoram; and the LDF’s C Divakaran, a former trade union leader as well as the sitting MLA of the Nedumangad constituency. All 20 seats in the state of Kerala go to polls in a single phase on April 23.
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