"If we all support it and we stand by Narendra Modi systematically, then I feel a Hindu Rashtra will be established," Dhavalikar said in the state assembly today on a motion congratulating Modi on BJP's victory in the national election.
Dhavalikar repeated the same when the media asked him about it later.
The 56 year old politician is the State Cooperation Minister and a member of BJP's ally Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party.
However, BJP distanced itself from the comment. "Might be his personal view, BJP blvs in Constitution, it doesnt give imp to 1 religion over other," the party's spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said in a tweet.