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Nov 26, 2019 4 tweets 2 min read
Bindu Ammini of #Sabarimala fame attacked in Kochi. In the full video, you can see BJP's candidate for last Kochi bypoll, CG Rajagopal aka Muthu, seemingly leading the pack of goons. Attacking women with pepper spray is BJP's way of "peaceful protest"? Will BJP fire these goons?
One can understand the BJP politician's frustration. After sidelined in the BJP for years, he ended up with a mere 13k votes out of the total 1.5L in Kochi bypoll. But why should women bear his village idiocy? Stand up and fight back, Kerala.
This is CG Rajagopal aka Muthu, the politician whom you can see at the end of the video. The one who is attacking Bindu, going by local news reports, is an associate of Pratheesh Vishwanath, a former VHP leader who has sided with AHP now, and a known right-wing troublemaker. Image
Pratheesh Vishwanath is seen talking about his Hindu pride and quarrelling with Bindu in this later video, by local news channel Manorama News, from the site. Vishwanath was in jail for breaking the prohibitory orders at #Sabarimala last year.

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