‘India will become Hindu Pakistan, if BJP wins 2019 Lok Sabha elections’ – Shashi Tharoor

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday sparked a big controversy after he reportedly said that ‘India will become Hindu Pakistan, if BJP wins 2019 Lok Sabha elections’.

According to news agency ANI, Tharoor said, “If they (BJP) win a repeat in the Lok Sabha our democratic constitution as we understand it will not survive as they will have all the elements they need to tear apart the constitution of India and write a new one.”

Moreover, Tharoor added, “That new one will be the one which will enshrine principles of Hindu Rashtra, that’ll remove equality for minorities, that’ll create a Hindu Pakistan and that isn’t what Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru, Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad and great heroes of freedom struggle fought for.” Tharoor’s statement has triggered a massive row.

Reacting to Tharoor’s ‘Hindu Pakistan’ statement, BJP leader Sambit Patra demanded, “Rahul Gandhi must apologise for what Shashi Tharoor said.” Patra added, “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.”

Shashi Tharoor was cautioned today by his party, the Congress, and urged to keep “restraint and caution” following a political row over his comment.

Today morning, he put out a Facebook post saying his statement had been “bizarrely misconstrued” and explained: “The BJP/RSS idea of a Hindu Rashtra is the mirror image of Pakistan — a state with a dominant majority religion that seeks to put its minorities in a subordinate place. That would be a Hindu Pakistan.”