"They don't know about their parentage, but they are intellectuals", he mocked. "Hence, statements contrary to this proposition are against the constitutional scheme and guarantees", Advocate Yatish Naik, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) General Secretary, Spokesperson and Chairman of GPCC legal affairs department said.
Those who call themselves secular are like people "without parentage", the minister had said.
At the function of Koppal district of Karnataka, the 49-year-old minister said while arguing the people to "any person who is Muslim, Christian, Lingayat, Brahmin, or a Hindu feel pride because they know their roots".
"We are here to change the constitution". "We are here to change the Constitution and we'll change it", he said on the use of the word secular in the Constitution.
Reacting to the comment, CM Siddaramaiah said Hedge has not studied the Constitution. We are here and have come to change the Constitution.More news: Storm brings record snow to Pennsylvania
Launching the Parishad's website and women's wing, Hegde said, "I will bow to you, you are aware of your blood". Because it's there in the Constitution, we will respect it, but this will change in the near future. "But if you claim to be secular, there arises a doubt about who you are". All the 125 crore people in the country are Indians and we can't glorify one particular religion.
Senior BJP leaders from Goa, however, chose to maintain distance refusing to comment on the controversial remark.
In 2016, Hegde had reportedly told media persons that there will be terrorism in the world as long as Islam exists.
The series of controversies linked to Hegde are like trend now, as earlier this month a case was registered against him for abusing Siddaramaiah in Belagavi district of Karnataka. "He is a Union minister but spits venom", Siddaramaiah was quoted as saying. "No one worshipping Tipu Sultan will remain in Karnataka".
South Goa MP Narendra Sawaikar said, "I would not like to say anything neither comment on the statements made by Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde".