Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor while addressing an event in Thiruvananthapuram fear mongered about the 2019 result of the General election.
Claiming that the BJP will rip apart the Constitution and create a new one that will only uphold the principles of a 'Hindu' country, Tharoor made a controversial "Hindu Pakistan" comment.
"The great danger then is that if they (BJP) have been able to win a repeat of their current strength in lok sabha, then frankly our democratic constitution as we understand it will not survive", Tharoor said.
At the same event, Tharoor also said, " What is the bigger danger that our democracy is facing today is prospect that they will follow through on this convictions not only by honouring the individuals they claim to admire. They have put up a portrait of Savarkar in Parliament facing that of Gandhi. But that they will actually act on the beliefs of their own heroes and they will come back to us with a new constitution."
Shashi Tharoor continued the fear-mongering about the BJP government and said that the Constitution will cease to exist as we know it if the BJP is sworn in again in 2019.
"So far what is preventing them is that they need three things to change the constitution. They need two-thirds of the Lok Sabha, two thirds of Rajya Sabha and half the states. You know, right now they have two thirds of the Lok sabha with the NDA alliance. They have more than half the states. They control 20 states and they are in coalition in 2 more out of 29 states. The only thing that they don't have is a majority in the Rajya Sabha. But because they have so many state governments and the state assemblies elect the Rajya Sabha you can be sure that in four or five years they will have a majority in Rajya Sabha. So the great danger then is that if they have been able to win a repeat of their current strength in Lok Sabha, then frankly our democratic constitution as we understand it will not survive, " Tharoor said.
"Because all the three elements they need to tear up the constitution of India and write a new one. And that will be a new one that will enshrine the principle of a hindu rashtra, that will remove equality for the minorities, that will create a hindu pakistan. And that is not what Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Maulana Azad, Sardar Patel and the great heroes of our freedom struggle fought for," Tharoor said.
Ironically, the description of a "Hindu Pakistan" comes on the day that Congress President Rahul Gandhi threw a reception for members of the Muslim community. Earlier on Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi had met Muslim intellectuals like Zoya Hasan, Shahid Sidiqqui and other leaders at his residence to discuss challenges being faced by the Muslim community under the current regime in the run-up to 2019.
Meanwhile, Tharoor's remark implies that if the BJP returns to power in 2019, it will turn India from a secular democracy to a Hindu theocratic nation in the same way that Pakistan is an Islamic republic.
Further, that as per the comment, Tharoor seems to believe that in India too, like in Pakistan, the religious majority and minorities would be subject to the kind of religion-based laws that have gained worldwide infamy, in particular, the anti-blasphemy law that has caused the deaths of scores of people, and where terrorism is ratified using religion as a principle.
Tharoor's comment is a new low for the Congress, even if you consider Mani Shankar Aiyar's remarks from the time of the Karnataka Assembly elections where while visiting Lahore he had appeared to absolve Muhammad Ali Jinnah's role in the partition of India and said instead that the 'first proponent of the Two Nation Theory was Vinayak Damodar Savarkar whose ideology those currently in power espouse'.
Resorting to the typical pre-eleciton minority appeasement on one hand and the fear mongering about a thrusting of the majority community view onto India on the other, the Congress party's comment in a pre-election year comes as no surprise.
Ahead of the 2014 general election, the electorate will recall, that while Sonia Gandhi had met Imam Bukhari to appeal for the "secular" vote on one hand, Rahul Gandhi went to town fear-mongering about the BJP's majoratarian stand.
In fact, during the Gujarat assembly election campaign posters calling for Congress leader Ahmed Patel as "Wazir-e-Aalam" had emerged ahead of polling.