NEW DELHI: Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday said that if BJP wins 2019 Lok Sabha polls it create conditions leading to the formation of a "Hindu Pakistan". Congress leader's remark evoked strong reaction from the BJP. "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," the Congress leader was Quote: d as saying by ANI. That new one will be the one which will enshrine principles of Hindu Rashtra, that'll remove equality for minoritie… https://t.co/seXvnjQbOb — ANI (@ANI) 1531324542000 Tharoor further added that the saffron party will write a new Constitution which will pave the way for a nation, much like Pakistan, where rights of minorities are not respected. "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 Mahatama Gandhi, Nehru, Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad and great heroes of freedom struggle fought for," he added. BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra slammed the Congress leader calling his "Hindu Pakistan" reference a "shameless". In a tweet, Patra said that the Congress party doesn't loses any opportunity to demean India and defame Hindus. MR Sashi Tharoor says India will become “Hindu-Pakistan” if BJP returns to power in 2019! Shameless @INCIndia doesn… https://t.co/GDS7vJkZ3y — Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) 1531322848000 The Congress leader also said that the Prime Minister is more interested in conducting political rallies than in running the country. "Since last four-and-a-half years, we have been hearing so many speeches attacking the Congress party, attacking one family, attacking everything the Congress has done," Tharoor said. Tharoor's remark came after the Prime Minister launched a scathing attack at the Congress Party while addressing a farmers' rally in Punjab earlier in the day. "This country got to where it has during Congress rule and the rule of other governments. I am not taking away the contribution of other governments. We have been able to bring about a country that has gone from 17 percent literacy rate to 79. We were 90 percent below the poverty line in 1947, today it is 20 percent. When British left, the life expectancy of people was just 27. Today it is almost 70. In every respect, the country has made very good progress," he added. Tharoor said in BJP rule rights are being taken for granted. "Today (in BJP's rule) we take many of the rights for granted including the RTI, MANREGA. These are all the rights that the Congress fought for Indian people. As far as farmers are concerned, minimum support prices rose under the Congress - four times they have risen under the BJP," Tharoor said. "People have begun to see through his (PM Modi's) reiterate. They understand this is a gentleman who always says certain things for political purposes, but we should stop seeing and see what action is taking place. That action has been sadly lacking," he added. Earlier in the day, while addressing a farmers' rally, Prime Minister Modi said: "In the last 70 years, the party on which our farmers placed their faith did not recognise their hard work. Only promises were made to farmers. They (Congress) made a lot of announcements about welfare in those years, but they were only worried about the welfare of one family. Farmers were made a vote bank." PM Modi's rally came in the wake of the recent Minimum Support Price (MSP) hike.
Shashi Tharoor : if bjp wins 2019 polls, india will become hindu pakistan, says shashi tharoor | अगर 2019 में बीजेपी जीतती है तो भारत 'हिंदू पाकिस्तान' बन जाएगा: शशि थरूर - Navbharat Times Hindi NewspaperThursday, July 12 2018