New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said that the Congress party has attacked India's democracy and the Hindus of the country by using the word 'Hindu Pakistan'.
"Using the word 'Hindu Pakistan', the Congress Party has attacked India's democracy and the Hindus of the country," BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said in a press conference here.
Reacting on Congress leader Shashi Tharoor's 'Hindu Pakistan' remark, Patra said, "His comment is an insult to compare the world's sixth largest economy with Pakistan."
"Shashi Tharoor says that if BJP forms government in 2019 then India will become 'Hindu Pakistan', there can be no more objectionable subject for India than this," he added.
Tharoor had earlier said that if Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wins 2019 Lok Sabha elections it will create a condition leading to the formation of a 'Hindu Pakistan'.
Taking a jibe at Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Patra said, "Stop this fear being mongering Rahul Gandhi. India is not going to take this easily. You have been constantly instilling the seeds of fear mongering among the people of this country. This is shameful act to denigrate India by saying 'Hindu Pakistan'."
The BJP spokesperson also said that Congress party leaders are degrading India's image by engaging in cheap politics.
Addressing an event in Thiruvananthapuram, Tharoor, on Wednesday, stated that the BJP will write a new Constitution, which will pave the way for a nation, much like Pakistan, where rights of minorities are not respected.
He said that if re-elected, the BJP will "tear apart" the constitution and will write a new one "which will enshrine principles of Hindu Rashtra, that will remove equality for minorities and create a Hindu Pakistan."
Criticising Tharoor's statement, Patra had earlier also demanded Congress president Rahul Gandhi's apology.
Speaking to ANI, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra had said, "Rahul Gandhi must apologise for what Shashi Tharoor said. Congress was responsible for creation of Pakistan because of its ambitions yet again it has gone ahead to demean India and defame Hindus of India."
Patra also took to Twitter and said that the Congress doesn't lose any opportunity to demean India and defame Hindus.