Congress MP Shashi Tharoor faced severe backlash over his "Hindu Pakistan" comment. This time, he has hit back at the Bharatiya Janata Party asking them whether there is a "Taliban emerging within Hinduism now".
Just a week after his comment had sparked a massive row, Tharoor attacked the BJP yet again and said:
They are telling me to go to Pakistan. Who has given them the right to decide that because I am not a Hindu like them, that's why I can't stay in this country? So is there a Taliban emerging within Hinduism now? We must ask our Hindu brothers and sisters if people can be allowed to speak with reference to our religion in this manner.
While addressing a public meeting in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, Tharoor spoke against the vandalism of his office in the state capital. However, his latest attack on BJP received a comeback from party spokesperson Sambit Patra, reports NDTV.
After 'Hindu-Pakistan' jibe Mr Tharoor furthering His attack on the Hindus comes up with a new term 'Hindu-Taliban'! From Hindu-Atankwadi to Hindu-Taliban ..this only reflects the pathological hatred of the Congress for the Hindus!
It all started on July 12 when Tharoor took potshots at the Bharatiya Janata Party and said that the ruling party will create a create a 'Hindu Pakistan' if it wins the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2019.
While talking at an event on 'Threats Faced by Indian Democracy and Secularism' in Thiruvananthapuram, the former diplomat claimed that the BJP will write a new constitution for India in which the rights of minorities will not be respected, ANI reported.
As soon as his comment received widespread criticism, Tharoor took to his Facebook account to clarify his stance on the Hindu Pakistan comment.
"I have said this before and I will say it again. Pakistan was created as a state with a dominant religion, that discriminates against its minorities and denies them equal rights. India never accepted the logic that had partitioned the country. But the BJP/RSS idea of a Hindu Rashtra is the mirror image of Pakistan -- a state with a dominant majority religion that seeks to put its minorities in a subordinate place. That would be a Hindu Pakistan, and it is not what our freedom movement fought for, nor the idea of India enshrined in our Constitution [sic]"