Kolkata: An arrest warrant has been issued against Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, Shashi Tharoor, by a Kolkata court on Tuesday over his 'Hindu Pakistan' remark.
The arrest warrant was based on a complaint filed by Advocate Sumit Choudhary that Tharoor's comments hurt religious sentiments.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor had said in July 2018 that the BJP will tear up the Constitution, create a new one that will enshrine the principles of Hindu Rashtra, and convert the country into Hindu Pakistan if it wins the next Lok Sabha elections.
“The only thing that had stood in its way is a two-third majority in the Rajya Sabha,” Shashi Tharoor had said while delivering a lecture on the 'Threats Faced by Indian Democracy and Secularism.'
“They already have more than 20 states under their belt, so a Rajya Sabha majority looks near,” he said and added: “Now if they could muster what they managed during the last Lok Sabha polls, India is done for.”
Tharoor had said that the stalwarts of the Sangh Parivar – V D Savarkar, the man who coined the term 'Hindutva'; M S Golwalkar, the longest-serving RSS chief; and Deendayal Upadhyay whom prime minister Narendra Modi looks up to – wanted the Indian Constitution discarded.
Even though the BJP had lodged its protest against the remarks, Tharoor stood by his statements.