Monday 15 April 2019 8:32 PM UTC
Thiruvananthapuram April 16: Shashi Tharoor MP got injured during a ritual in temple in Thiruvananthapuram and received six stitches on his head, according to reports from Kerala. The incident happened on Vishu day which was celebrated yesterday (April 15).
Sashi 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.
Immediately after he got injured during the ritual, Sashi was taken to a hospital, where after applying the six stitches the doctors said the Congress parliamentarian is out of danger.
“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,” Sashi tweeted.
In a photo taken by those who accompanied Sashi, the Congress leader is seen in a crisp yellow kurta siting cross-legged on the scale, suspended above the ground by four iron chain links.
Sashi 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.
Following his long career at the United Nations, Mr Tharoor returned to India and was elected to parliament in 2009.
Kerala will vote in a single phase on April 23 in the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections. Results will be out on May 23.
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