Constitution and Upadhyay cannot go together: Tharoor to Modi

Death penalty an aberration in democracy, abolish it: Tharoor
Death penalty an aberration in democracy, abolish it: Tharoor

JAIPUR: Taking a dig at Narendra Modi, politician-writer Shashi Tharoor has said that while the Prime Minister describes the country’s Constitution as “holy”, he also hails Hindutva icon Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay as a “hero”, and asserted that the two stands cannot go hand in hand.

Speaking at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival, the 61-year-old Member of Parliament said there was a dire need for Hindus to stand up and recognise what was being done “in their name” and speak out against it.

“We need to call a spade a spade. We are living in a country where on the one hand the Prime Minister says the Constitution is his holy book and on the other hand he extols as a hero and instructs his ministries to study the works, writings and teachings of Deen Dayal Upadhyay, who explicitly rejects the Constitution and who shares that the Constitution is fundamentally flawed,” the former Union Minister said.

The two thoughts, he said, were contradictory. (AGENCIES)