Tharoor reacts to Hegde’s remark; mentions ‘Hindu Pakistan’
Reacting to the remark of the BJP Member of Parliament Anantkumar Hegde, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday said Hindutvavadis reject the idea that India is a territory and all they want is a “Hindu Rashtra: a Hindu Pakistan”.
“Many have pointed out that the Constitution has been amended 100+times. Govt is fully entitled to propose amendements. It is the intent that matters. The Hindutvavadis reject the idea that our nation is a territory &all the people in it. They want HinduRashtra: a Hindu Pakistan,” Tharoor tweeted in response to a post made by senior journalist Shekhar Gupta.
This statement from the Thiruvananthapuram MP comes after Hegde said that while they respect the word “secular”, the BJP came to power “change the constitution”.
Heaping scorn on “secularists”, Hegde said, “They are like people without parentage or who don’t know their bloodline. They don’t know themselves. They don’t know their parents, but they call themselves secular. If someone says I am secular, I get suspicious. I hope there are no secularists here.”
On Wednesday, a huge uproar was witnessed in the Parliament over Hedge’s remark. Despite the BJP distancing itself from Hegde’s statement that the party would soon “change the Constitution”, the Opposition remained unconvinced and demanded the sacking of the minister. >