Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Thursday said he feared that if the BJP government got two-thirds majority in both the Houses of the Parliament, it would look to make a “major assault” on the Indian Constitution to create a “Hindu rashtra” and abolish provisions like Article 370 that provides special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
In an interview with news agency IANS, Tharoor said if the BJP controlled both the Houses, constitutional provisions like Article 370 on Kashmir and secularism would be under threat. “Once they get two-thirds in both Houses, I do believe the Constitution, including Article 370 on Kashmir… on the Hindu rashtra concept, on use of words socialism, secularism, all of these would be up for grabs. There is little doubt about it,” the Congress leader said.
Tharoor also hinted that a Constitution review committee under RSS leader K N Govindacharya was working for ruling party on the idea of a Hindu rashtra. “I think a lot of their real agenda is waiting for the time when they have both Houses under their control. And once they do, you can certainly look to a major assault on the Constitution. Then the question is, will the Supreme Court stand by the basic structure doctrine and interpret it to include these principles of equality, freedom of religion, freedom of worship, non-discrimination, etc., which would make it impossible to reduce the Constitution to the document of a religiously-derived majoritarianism,” Tharoor told IANS.