Thiruvananthapuram: 'Civility is a rare virtue in Indian politics - great to see her practice it by example,' tweeted Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday posting a picture of defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman paying a visit to the leader at the hospital.

Tharoor suffered head injuries while performing 'thulabharam' ritual at a temple in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday.

'Thulabharam' is a Hindu ritual in which a person is weighed against a commodity such as flowers, grains, fruits and similar articles in temples and the equal value or quantity is offered as donation.

Monday being the Malayalam new year day ('Vishu'), Tharoor performed the ritual at a Devi temple in the morning before embarking on his poll campaign. He was accompanied by his family members and party leaders and workers including MLA, V S Sivakumar.

While he was sitting on one of the pans of the weighing scale, the hook came off and fell on his head, the party sources said.

He was taken to Trivandrum Medical College hospital for detailed examination. He tweeted saying he received eight stitches and is under 24-hour hospital observation. He is likely to be discharged today and resume his poll campaign.

In another post on Tuesday, the Congress parliamentarian thanked his Left Democratic Front rival C.Divakaran, a three-time left legislator for expressing concern.

Tharoor is aiming for a hat-trick from Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency. The fight is between the Congress, BJP and the Left.

Kerala votes in a single phase on April 23 in the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections. Counting will take place on May 23.

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