Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik said on Sunday said that the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) would welcome BJP's move "if it creates one country by merging India, Pakistan and Bangladesh".
The comments come amid an ongoing back and forth after a Shiv Sena leader Nitin Madhukar Nandgaonkar threatened the owner of a sweet shop in Bandra - Karachi Sweets - to change its name as it coincided with a city in Pakistan.
Soon after Nandgaonkar's action created furor on social media, Sanjay Raut said it was not the official stance of the Shiv Sena for the name to be changed, and defended the name of the sweet shop. He said Karachi bakery and Karachi sweets had been in Mumbai since last 60 years and had nothing to do with Pakistan. "It makes no sense to ask for changing their names now. He also said the demand for change is not the party's official stance," he had said.
Soon after, former Maharashtra chief minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said, "we believe in 'Akhand Bharat'. We also believe that Karachi will be a part of India one day."
Replying to his statement, Malik said that the way Fadnavis had said Karachi would be a part of India in time, the NCP has been saying that India, Pakistan and Bangladesh should be merged.
"If the Berlin wall can be demolished then why can't India, Pakistan and Bangladesh come together? If BJP wishes to merge these three countries and make a single country, we will welcome it definitely," he said.