New Delhi: Days after Shashi Tharoor triggered a controversy by saying that a ‘Hindu Pakistan’ would be created if the Bharatiya Janata Party returned to power in 2019, the Congress leader shocked yet again when he lashed out at the BJP, asking if the party is making efforts to infuse aspects of Taliban in Hinduism. Tharoor made the statement while addressing a party event in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.
“They are asking me to go to Pakistan. Who has given them the right to decide that I am not a Hindu like them and hence can’t stay in India? I am also a Hindu but I don’t follow the Hinduism of the BJP. Have they started a Taliban in Hindusim?,” the Lok Sabha MP from Thiruvananthapuram asked at the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF)-organised protest march near the Raj Bhavan.
The Congress leader’s statement came a day after his office in Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram was allegedly attacked by the BJP’s youth wing activists over his “Hindu Pakistan” remark. Tharoor was not present in the office when the incident took place.
Last week, Tharoor, while speaking at an event “Threats faced by Indian Democracy and Secularism”, had said that if the BJP wins in 2019 again, “Hindu Pakistan” would be created.
“The great danger is that if they (BJP) are able to make 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 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,” Tharoor had said.