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Posted at: Jul 13, 2018, 1:22 AM; last updated: Jul 13, 2018, 1:22 AM (IST)

BJP slams Tharoor’s ‘Hindu Pak’ jibe

Cong cautions party leaders to exercise restraint

Vibha Sharma

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 12

The BJP and the Congress on Thursday engaged in a verbal duel over Shashi Tharoor’s “Hindu Pakistan” remarks while the man at the centre of it all claimed his statement had been “bizarrely misconstrued”.

The BJP, while slamming the Congress over its Thiruvananthapuram MP’s statement, demanded an apology from Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for one of his party leaders “defaming and demeaning” India and “insulting its democracy and Hindus” yet again.

On a back foot, the Congress cautioned its leaders to choose words and phraseology carefully “to reject BJP’s hatred”. Tharoor, however, reiterated: “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. We want to preserve India and not turn our beloved country into a Hindu version of Pakistan.”

It all started with Tharoor saying that if voted to power again, the BJP will “rewrite the Constitution”, paving the way for the creation of “Hindu Pakistan”. Deciphering it as an insult to “Indian democracy and Hindus”, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra accused the Congress of “hating India and its people”. Congress’ communication in-charge Randeep Surjewala, in tweets, advised party leaders to exercise restraint.

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