New Delhi, Jul 11: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday said if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wins again in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 then the democratic constitution will not survive as the saffron party will have all elements to tear apart the constitution of India. He also claimed that the party will then write a new constitution.
“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 & write a new one,” said Shashi Tharoor, reported news agency ANI.
While addressing an event in Thiruvananthapuram, adding further, he said, “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 Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru, Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad and great heroes of freedom struggle fought for.”
As per reports, the BJP, in response to veteran Congress leader’s statement, has said that Shashi Tharoor’s comment is not only insult for the Hindustan but also for the Hindus. Party leader Sambit Patra said, “Rahul Gandhi must apologise for what Shashi Tharoor said.Congress was responsible for creation of Pak because of its ambitions yet again it has gone ahead to demean India&defame Hindus of India.”
Notably, Lok Sabha Elections 2019 are likely to take place in the months of April or May.
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. “The Prime Minister seems to be far more interested in political campaigning 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 told ANI.
“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,” he 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,” the Congress leader 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.”
(Inputs from ANI)