As per the early reports, Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha candidate Tharoor was sitting on a weighing scale, which broke following which the leader fell. He was weighing himself on a giant scale as part of the “thulabharam” ritual in which a person sits on the scale against a mound of offerings like fruit and sweets, equal to the devotee’s body weight.
Tharoor, who sustained injuries on the head and legs, was rushed to the nearest hospital for preliminary treatment. Tharoor got six stitches, after which he was shifted to a super-speciality hospital.
Tharoor has been on a campaign trail and had earlier performed Thulabharam in Kazhakkoottam constituency before kick-starting his election campaign from there.
Started my paryadanam of Kazhakoottam yesterday on a unique note – with a ‘thulabharam’ of bananas! At least in temples I can claim to be a “heavyweight politician”! pic.twitter.com/vR4ytAsI4v
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) April 11, 2019
The Congress leader is looking to score a hat-trick from the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha seat. He faces the BJP’s Kummanam Rajasekharan and CPI(M)-led LDF candidate C Divakaran.