Shashi Tharoor Cautioned By Congress After His "Hindu Pakistan" Comment

Shashi Tharoor Cautioned By Congress After His "Hindu Pakistan" Comment

 Shashi Tharoor Cautioned By Congress After His "Hindu Pakistan" Comment

New Delhi: Today, Shashi Tharoor, the Congress leader was cautioned by his party and urged to keep "restraint and caution" even as he firmly defended his comments on the BJP making India a "Hindu Pakistan" if it comes to power in 2019. The parliamentarian said, "Why should I apologise when they themselves enshrine the ideals of a Hindu Rashtra."

His statement sparked an outrage among the ruling party, BJP and demanded his apology over his comments on Wednesday.

At an event, he spoke on the topic "Threats faced by Indian Democracy and Secularism" and the Congress MP said: "...the great danger then is that if they are able to win a repeat of their current strength in the Lok Sabha, then frankly our democratic constitution as we understand will not survive because they will have all the three elements they need to tear up the Constitution of India and write a new one. That will be a new one which will enshrine the principle of Hindu Rashtra, will remove equality for minorities,  that will create a Hindu Pakistan."

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Mr Tharoor spoke to news agency ANI on the controversy over his comment and said, "It is clear that the BJP has stood for a Hindu Rashtra, it is a part of the official ideology of the party. The PM has asked the party to read about the thoughts and ideas of Deen Dayal Upadhya, who did not believe in the constitution. These leaders believe the constitution and nation should be built for Hindu people. The PM (Narendra Modi) has never said he disagrees with this."

When asked to respond to BJP's demand for Congress president Rahul Gandhi's apology, he said this has always been his stand and he had said the same in 2013.

Sambit Patra, the spokesperson of BJP had said, "Rahul Gandhi must apologise for what Shashi Tharoor said. Congress was responsible for creation of Pakistan because of its ambitions yet again it has gone ahead to demean India and defame Hindus of India."

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