New Delhi, July 13: Even as senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has been busy fending off criticism over his ‘Hindu Pakistan‘, another party leader, Digvijaya Singh, shot off his mouth on Friday. Addressing the media, Singh said the current government under Narendra Modi was propagating religious extremism that leads to terrorism. Singh said, “Extremism leads to terrorism. Religious extremism as promoted by Zia-ul-Haq in Pakistan led to a spurt in terrorism there. There is religious extremism being promoted by the ruling government in India, the so-called Hindutva, this is a similar dangerous trend.”

Singh’s comments gain significance in the light of Tharoor’s comments a couple of days ago where he said that if the BJP returned to power following the 2019 general elections, the country would turn into a Hindu Pakistan. “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 had said. Though he later issued a clarification, the BJP demanded an apology from Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Finally, Tharoor gave up explaining and tweeted, “kuchh toh log kahenge.”

Meanwhile, a section of media also pointed out that Singh’s comment has come months ahead of the Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh. Earlier, just ahead of Gujarat elections, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar had allegedly used ‘neech’ (low-level) remarks for PM Narendra Modi that had reportedly gone against the party.