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Cong disapproves of Tharoor's 'Hindu Pakistan' remark, tells leaders to choose words carefully

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today disapproved of remarks by its that if the BJP is voted to power, it will pave the way for creation of a "Hindu Pakistan", and cautioned its leaders to choose words carefully while rejecting the saffron party's "hatred".

Tharoor kicked up a huge row with his remarks yesterday that if voted to power again, the BJP will rewrite the Constitution and pave the way for creation of a "Hindu Pakistan".

Congress' communication in-charge Randeep Surjewala, in a series of tweets, said, "India's values and fundamentals are an unequivocal guarantee of our civilisational role & set us apart from the divisive idea of "

"All leaders must realise this historic responsibility bestowed upon us while choosing words and phraseology to reject BJP's hatred," he said.

Surjewala attacked the Modi Government, alleging that it thrives upon "an unprecedented atmosphere of division, bigotry, hatred, intolerance and polarisation" for the last four years.

He asserted that the represents India's civilisational values of pluralism, diversity, compassion and harmony between faiths and ethnicities.

Responding to a question, Congress told reporters that irrespective of the government that comes to power, Indian democracy will never allow the country to become

"Congress advises each of its leaders and workers to exercise restraint, caution and choose their words and statements wisely. And remember that the stands for a pluralistic multi-cultural, multi-faith society," Shergill said.

"Every of the Congress should not be provoked by the BJP's polarising and dividing statements and that is the basic difference between us and them," he said.

The BJP today demanded an apology from Congress over Tharoor's remarks and said the had insulted India's democracy and Hindus.

"It is an abuse and highly objectionable statement to compare the world's sixth largest economy with It is an insult to our democracy and Hindus," BJP said at a press conference at the party office.

Tharoor, the Congress from Thiruvananthapuram, who made the remarks yesterday, today said in a post that a state with a dominant majority religion that seeks to put its minorities in a subordinate place would be a Hindu Pakistan.

Shergill said was far ahead of Pakistan and the Congress had made a "very valuable contribution" in this regard.

"I would like to say that, despite the fact that till date the has never opened his mouth or given an apology on the objectionable remarks of the BJP leaders, despite the fact that the BJP invites Pakistan's ISI into India, despite the fact that the BJP thanks Pakistan for elections in Jammu and Kashmir, despite the fact that the BJP ministers garland criminals, can never become Pakistan, irrespective of the government," he said.

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First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 17:40 IST