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Senior Congress MP and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge caused quite a flutter on Thursday when he threatened ‘bloodshed’ if the constitution was revised by the Modi-government at the Centre. Speaking on the floor of the house, the MP said: “There will be bloodshed if an attempt is made to change the Constitution.” The Congress leader made the statement after there was a call for a debate around the words ‘secular’ and ‘socialist’ in the preamble of the statute book. The government has however, rejected the proposal to remove those those words and Kharge’s words were expunged from official records. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He made the remark in Hindi, and the word was removed by the Speaker after Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu objected and called it an attempt to ‘threaten’ the government. Throughout the debate (Commitment to the Constitution), he defended his party’s record in ‘protecting the spirit of the Constitution’, by enacting laws like the Food Security Act and the Rural Employment Guarantee Act. Kharge also targeted the PM throughout his speech and was quoted saying: “Today, it’s a record that the Prime Minister who came in the morning is still sitting here”. He also spoke about how ruling party members asked people to go to Pakistan but the PM preferred to stay silent.