India will become a Hindu Pakistan if BJP wins next time: Shashi Tharoor

The ‘New India’ Modi is trying to create will be built on the ruins and ashes of everything that was noble and precious about the old India, he said

Congress leader and Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday said that if Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wins the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, it will create conditions leading to the formation of a ‘Hindu Pakistan’. He said the BJP will write a new Constitution to pave way for of a nation, much like Pakistan, where rights of minorities are not respected.

“If they (BJP) win again in the Lok Sabha elections 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,” said Shashi Tharoor.

He was delivering a lecture on ‘Threats Faced by Indian Democracy and Secularism’ in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

He said that it is becoming increasingly clear that the ‘New India’ Modi is trying to create will be built on the ruins and ashes of everything that was noble and precious about the old India.

The former union minister cautioned that this new constitution “will enshrine principles of Hindu Rashtra, that’ll remove equality for minorities, that’ll create a Hindu Pakistan and that is not what Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru, Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad and great heroes of freedom struggle fought for.”

He said under the BJP rule every democratic institution in the country has been under constant threat. “You look at the judiciary, the four judges issuing statement. You look at the CBI, we are now hearing itis a caged parrot.  You look at the police forces, they become very strongly under the political influence where BJP is in power,” he said.

He said that even the media is not exempt from this. Even though the government doesn’t own the media, somehow it has found an effective way to persuade the media to stay in line, he said. “Every time a very critical story about any key BJP leader appears in the papers, somehow it disappears the next day from the website of the newspaper,” he said.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra slammed Tharoor’s remark and said it is a shameless statement. He said the Congress party doesn’t miss any chance to demean India and defame the Hindus.  

 

Congress president Rahul Gandhi should apologise for what Shashi Tharoor said, Patra said in an interview with ANI.

 

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