Tharoor jibe at BJP of ‘Taliban in Hinduism’ create havoc


“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 I don’t have the right to stay in the country? Have they started a Taliban in Hinduism?” Shashi Tharoor said while addressing a public gathering in Thiruvananthapuram.

Tharoor’s new remarks came after he alleged on Monday that the Bharatiya Janata Party Yuva Morcha workers vandalised his office in Thiruvananthapuram.

Tharoor alleged that offensive slogans were raised against him; asking him to go to Pakistan.

Last week, the Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram triggered a huge controversy with his remarks that if voted to power again, the BJP will rewrite the Constitution and pave the way for creation of a “Hindu Pakistan”.

Shashi Tharoor addressing people (file photo)

The comments sparked demands from the BJP for an apology from Congress president Rahul Gandhi for the “attack on Indian democracy and Hindus” while his party voiced its disapproval and cautioned its leaders to exercise restraint in their response to what it called the saffron party’s “hatred”.

“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,” Tharoor had said.

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