Thiruvananthapuram: The BJP state president, K Surendran, criticized Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor for attending a Palestine solidarity meeting in Kozhikode. Surendran also questioned whether Tharoor shares the Muslim League’s view of comparing Hamas to Bhagat Singh. Surendran made these comments while speaking to the media in Thiruvananthapuram.
During a pro-Palestine rally organized by Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) in Kozhikode on Thursday, its leader MK Muneer had said, “When Bhagat Singh and Subhas Chandra Bose fought for the freedom of the country, it was recorded in British history as an act of terrorism and extremism. At Gaza, the fight of Palestine for freedom would be an act of terrorism in the eye of imperialistic forces.” Many including K Surendran had condemned this statement and called it anti-national. Surendran expressed his displeasure with Shashi Tharoor’s presence at a rally he considered anti-national. He called this Shashi Tharoor’s tactic for gathering votes.
Surendran stated, “Shashi Tharoor participated in the Hamas solidarity meeting to win the votes of communal forces in the state. Tharoor attended a conference that publicly whitewashed Hamas terrorists, the favored accomplice of religious terrorist organizations that lead constant communal attacks on India. This is a matter of serious concern. Both political groups are trying to appeal to voters with religious extremist views rather than working towards peace. During the recent conference, Hamas terrorists, who have been responsible for the deaths of women and children, were unjustly glorified as revolutionaries. This approach is harmful.”
Shashi Tharoor had attended the rally organized by IUML in Kozhikode on Thursday in solidarity with Palestine. Tharoor who was the chief guest for the event was the keynote speaker of the event. Though he addressed Hamas as terrorists, he talked about killings on both sides. He said, “It is a matter of human rights. War knows no religion. Christians in Gaza were also killed in the bombing.’’
He also said, “Many, including Shashi Tharoor, seem to be trying to gain votes through communal polarization in Kerala. The slogans heard in Kozhikode were anti-national. Supporting Hamas, which aligns with forces against the nation, is treason. It’s evident they’re more interested in winning votes than promoting peace. They’re only highlighting one side of the human suffering in West Asia. Shashi Tharoor appears to be stoking religious divisions with an eye on the Lok Sabha elections. Surendran mentioned that the Muslim League and DYFI are filling the gap left by the Popular Front.”