Thiruvananthapuram: Shashi Tharoor, the Congress candidate from the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency, was injured as he was conducting the 'thulabharam' ritual at the Gandhari Amman Temple here. He was first admitted to the General Hospital in the city and later shifted to the Medical College Hospital.
Tharoor received injuries on his head and legs after the weighing balance broke after he sat on one of its pans and the hook got unhinged and fell on his head.
Images from the spot showed Tharoor clad in blood-soaked dress. According to party sources, the head injury required six stitches.
The popular 'thulabharam' ritual involves weighing oneself against materials that are used in the temple for the purpose customarily. It signifies offering oneself to the Lord.
Tharoor visited the temple as Vishu is being celebrated today. Earlier in the day he had extended the festival greetings to Keralites.
The former Union minister and sitting MP is engaged in a close contest with both BJP and CPM candidates in the constituency which goes to the polls on April 23 along with other 19 constituencies in Kerala.
Earlier there were reports that a few local Congress leaders were not wholeheartedly supporting Tharoor in his campaign. Both Tharoor and former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy later rejected such fears.
Tharoor said he was proud and happy to see Congress and UDF workers campaign like a well-oiled machine.
Party and alliance stand united, Tharoor said, adding that he was happy with the campaign so far.
Oommen Chandy had said that necessary steps are being taken in all constituencies in coordination with the opposition leader and KPCC president for an effective campaign.
Though surveys have predicted a UDF sweep in the elections, Thiruvananthapuram was regarded as a close call, with some even predicting a BJP victory.