If BJP Wins 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, India Will Become 'Hindu Pakistan', Says Shashi Tharoor

| July 12 , 2018 , 10:27 IST

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday sparked controversy when he said that if the BJP wins the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, it will create conditions leading to the formation of a 'Hindu Pakistan'. Soon after Tharoor's statements went viral, the BJP demanded an apology from the Congress party.

Addressing an event in Thiruvananthapuram, Tharoor alleged that the BJP would write a new constitution which would, like Pakistan, not respect the rights of minorities.

"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," Tharoor said.

"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," he said.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor's statements resulted in considerable backlash from Twitterati, while BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra demanded an apology from Rahul Gandhi for the statements made by Tharoor.

"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," Patra said.