Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge threatens "bloodshed" if Constitution reviewed
New Delhi, Nov 26: In a controversial statement, senior Congress MP in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, on Thursday threatened "bloodshed" if Constitution is reviewed by the incumbent Modi Government at Centre.
Speaking on the floor of the House, the Congress leader said, "There will be bloodshed if an attempt is made to change the Constitution."
The Congress leader made such a statement while raising the hue and cry over a Union minister's call for a debate on the words 'secular' and 'socialist' in the preamble of the statute book, that was made earlier this year. But the government had ruled out any proposal to remove these words.
The issue cropped up today as the nation is observing the Constitution Day, on Nov 26 and this day also marked the opening day of the Winter Session of the Parliament.
Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan ordered to expunge the word "rakhtpaat" (bloodshed) from Parliament proceedings record.
However, it is to be noted that the Constitution has been amended 100 times since it was first enacted in 1950 and most of the time changes were made under the Congress-led regime.
Earlier in the day, Congress president Sonia Gandhi targeted the Narendra Modi government during a debate in parliament, saying that the principles that inspired the country for decades were being "deliberately attacked".
In her speech in the Lok Sabha, Sonia Gandhi spoke of the contribution of BR Ambedkar to the making of the constitution and also recalled his words praising the contribution of the Congress to the process of its adoption.
Attacking the Modi government during the debate on commitment to India's constitution, she said: "Whatever we have seen for the past few months, it is against the values of constitution."
"Today is a day of happiness but there is also pain. The principles that inspired (us) for decades, a danger is lurking over them. They are being deliberately attacked," she said.
"The people who have no faith in constitution, who have not contributed to its making, they are talking about it repeatedly, are trying to appropriate it. There cannot be a bigger joke," she added.
The Congress has for the past some months persistently attacked the Modi government over "rising intolerance".
(With inputs from agencies)