Complaint Against Shashi Tharoor For Communal Hindu Posters

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Do you think this poster is communal?
Do you think this poster is communal?

Seems like Congress & BJP war will never end. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Thiruvananthapuram district unit filed a complaint before a Chief Electoral Officer against Congress leader Shashi Tharoor for allegedly violating Model Code of Conduct ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

The complaint is based on the poster put up by the district committee of the Congress which has the cover picture of Tharoor’s books including ‘Why I Am A Hindu’.

The BJP alleges that the book cover has been deliberately used in the poster to woo Hindu voters.

“This is a deliberate attempt by the Congress to appeal to a particular community of the society. These posters have been put up ahead of the elections. This is a clear violation of the Model Code of Conduct. Chief Electoral Officer has agreed to look into it this,” Adv S Suresh, district president of the BJP, said.

In response to the allegation, Congress candidate Shashi Tharoor has said this is not even worth discussing.

“These posters have been printed, and put up by the district Congress committee. When our candidate announcement got delayed, they did it in a bid to book our spaces. Moreover, these are just covers of my book which I’ve written more than an year ago,” Sashi Tharoor said.

Tharoor tweeted, This is hilarious! It is not even an election poster, doesn’t ask anyone2vote for me &was issued before I was even declared as a candidate. It features covers of several books, of which #WhyIAmAHindu was published in Jan 2018. Meanwhile the BJP’s communal appeals are everywhere!

Three days back, Tharoor in a similar line, tweeted a BJP poster of former governor Kummanam Rajashekaran, most likely the saffron party’s candidate from Thiruvananthapuram with a picture of Padmanabhaswamy temple in the background. “The BJP campaign has begun in Thiruvananthapuram by blithely ignoring Election Commission rules not to use places of worship in posters! This is 150 metres away from Padmanabhaswamy temple, which is shown behind their candidate. But without religious appeals what can BJP offer?” the tweet read.

Rejecting Tharoor’s charge, Suresh said that the posters were put up before the model code of conduct came in place.

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