Watch: Shashi Tharoor asks BJP to say on record that they do not believe in Hindu Rashtra
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor took another dig at BJP saying the people are no better off than they were 4 years ago. Photograph: (ANI)
A day after sparking controversy over his comment on BJP, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Thursday challenged the Bhartiya Janata Party and asked them to say on record that they do not believe in a Hindu Rashtra.
Tharoor said, "If BJP does not believe in Hindu Rashtra concept then they should say it on record that we do not believe in a Hindu Rashtra but in a secular republic. This would end the debate".
His comments came a day after Tharoor raked up a controversy saying that if the BJP comes to power again in 2019, it will compromise with the Indian Constitution and create a Hindu Pakistan.
Addressing an event in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday, Mr Tharoor further said that the BJP will write a new Constitution which will pave the way for a nation, much like Pakistan, where rights of minorities are not respected.
He 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".
"That new one will be the one which will enshrine principles of Hindu Rashtra, that will 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," he added.
If BJP does not believe in Hindu Rashtra concept then they should say it on record that we do not believe in a Hindu Rashtra but in a secular republic. This would end the debate: Shashi Tharoor, Congress MP pic.twitter.com/LAt4xEzhMh— ANI (@ANI) July 12, 2018