BJP is readying itself for a ‘major assault’ on Constitution: Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor on RSS

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has said that BJP might try to change the constitution if it gets 2/3 majority. He said,”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, I think 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,”

He recalled that during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government also, a constitution review committee was formed but then there was no such idea of a “Hindu Rashtra”. But, Mr Tharoor said, it seems a committee under K N Govindacharya, an ideologue of the RSS is working for the “Hindu Rashtra” goal.

Tharoor said,”He says socialism, secularism, all that will have to go. If they are embarking on such a project, I think they are quite serious about it. The only thing is that they probably felt this would be too much of a risk to be taken on in the first term, unless they also have a majority in the Rajya Sabha.” “So, I think they were really hoping, and perhaps unrealistically hoping, to consolidate two-thirds majority in both Houses and then go for the kill. Rather than fighting the battle prematurely, when they could lose,”he added.