New Delhi : Days after Congress leader Shashi Tharoor courted controversy with his remark that a 'Hindu Pakistan' would be created if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) returned to power in 2019, a Kolkata-based advocate has filed a complaint against the Thiruvananthapuram MP for allegedly ‘insulting the nation, hurting religious sentiments and distorting the secular fabric of the country’. As per reports, a case under Section 153A/295A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 2 of The Prevention Of Insults To National Honour Act, 1971 has been filed against the Congress leader.
The petitioner in his complaint alleged that Tharoor has insulted Indians by comparing an ‘Islamic State’ like Pakistan with a ‘Secular State’ like India. “His statement has hurt the sentiments of Indians as well as it has insulted the Consitution,” the Kolkata based advocate claimed. Following his accusations, the court has reportedly summoned Tharoor through social media platforms Facebook and Twitter. The Kolkata court has asked him to appear on August 14 in connection with the case.
Tharoor had stirred a controversy on Thursday by saying that if voted to power again, the BJP will rewrite the Constitution and pave the way for creation of a “Hindu Pakistan”. Following his remarks, Congress’ party asked him to ‘choose words responsibly’. “India’s values & fundamentals are an unequivocal guarantee of our civilisational role & set us apart from the divisive idea of Pakistan. All Congress leaders must realise this historic responsibility bestowed upon us while choosing words & phraseology to reject BJP’s hatred,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala had tweeted.
Notably, the grand old party’s advice to Tharoor came after the BJP reacted strongly against his comments, with party spokesman Sambit Patra calling it “extraordinary” as it was an “attack on the Indian democracy and Hindus”. “Yet again Tharoor has cattle-classed Indian democracy. The Congress’ character is that it crosses the ‘Lakshman Rekha’ (limit) in its hatred for Narendra Modi and the BJP, and in doing so, it assaults Indian democracy,” he told reporters in the national capital.
After facing flak Tharoor made light of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the right-wing leaders’ criticism by tweeting a popular Bollywood song from the 1971 hit movie ‘Amar Prem’ ‘kuchh to log kahenge logon ka kaam hai kehnaa.’ The Thiruvananthapuram MP had also refused to retract his statement, saying the BJP-RSS idea of a Hindu Rashtra remained the mirror image of the neighbouring “intolerant theocratic state”.