Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Friday took a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party over ‘go to Pakistan’ remark often repeated by party workers on social media. Speaking at the India Today Conclave Mumbai 2019, Shashi Tharoor said that the BJP should send its critics to Canada instead of Pakistan, as it was much further away.
“If you really want to send your critics very far away, send them to Canada, not Pakistan, but their imagination doesn’t stretch that far,” Shashi Tharoor said.
In discussion with India Today TV’s Rajdeep Sardesai and BJP MP Swapan Das Gupta, Shashi Tharoor said that there was a silence on the top about the mob lynching.
“How does Swapan justify the prime minister’s long silence on mob lynching. Because when you don’t condemn, you implicitly condone. And this why the shadow has fallen on the Muslims. Every time there was an attack on Muslims based on cow vigilantism, there was a silence on the top,” Shashi Tharoor said.
“…there were ministers who don’t lose the opportunity to divide this country between Ramjaade and … there are administrators who say those who disagree with us must go to Pakistan. What is the signal of all of this? It is very shameful for a minister to say all this,” the Congress leader added.
BJP MP Swapan Das Gupta said that mob lynching was completely an ugly act and has to be condemned unequivocally. But, he said, “regardless of our own food habits, there is some aversion to consumption of beef, and it is sensitive.”
Swapan Dasgupta also took swipe at Shashi Tharoor. “On Sabarimala, since Shashi comes from Kerala and has to fight elections there, said the constitution has to be followed but popular sentiments and customs also have to be respected. That was an enlightened position coming from a constitutionalist that culture was also to be recognised,” the BJP MP said.