BJP, RSS fanning terrorism: Shinde
Digvijay, Aiyar Endorse Home Minister’s Statement; Saffron Brigade Hits Back
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Jaipur, Jan 20: Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde Sunday stoked a major controversy by accusing BJP and RSS of fanning Hindu terrorism, a charge which drew angry reaction from both of them.
"Reports have come during investigation that BJP and RSS conduct terror training camps to spread terrorism. Bombs were planted in Samjhauta express, Mecca Masjid and also a blast was carried out in Malegaon. We will have to think about it seriously and will have to remain alert," he said at the AICC meeting here.
As his remarks were slammed by RSS and BJP which termed them as "dangerous" and accused Congress of indulging in "destructive politics", Shinde stuck to his stand, saying, "This has come so many times in the papers. It is not a new thing that I have said today. This is saffron terrorism that I have talked about. It is the same thing and nothing new. It has come in the media several times," the Home Minister said.
To a question if it was Hindu terrorism or saffron terrorism, he said, "This is saffron terrorism (that) I have stated."
Charging Congress with having a "destructive mindset which was reflected in the Home Minister's statement", BJP said it was "very objectionable". "It is not only unacceptable but dangerous also," party spokesman Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.
"There cannot be anything worse that the country's Home Minister giving such an objectionable statement to disrupt peace and harmony of the country," Naqvi told reporters in Delhi, demanding an apology from Congress chief Sonia Gandhi for it.
Attacking the Home Minister, RSS spokesman Ram Madhav described his statement as "highly irresponsible" and said he had made the remarks only to please his party bosses.
"If a Congress leader had said something like this it wouldn't have mattered that much, but if the Home Minister of the country is saying something like this, it is highly irresponsible. This is all about playing vote-bank politics," he said.
"We feel ashamed that he (Shinde) belongs to Maharashtra," said Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut in Mumbai.
If the Home Minister has any evidence to back his remarks, he should show it, Raut said.
Shinde's remarks were defended by several Congress leaders. Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh said, "It is not Hindu terrorism but Sangh-backed terrorism".
"I am 100 per cent with Shinde on this. This isn't a secret. I want to thank the Home Minister for saying what everyone knows but do not have the courage to say," party leader Mani Shankar Aiyar said.
"He (Shinde) meant right-wing terrorism. There is no Hindu or Muslim terrorism," added Union Minister Rajiv Shukla.
Shinde said that infiltration from Pakistan, insurgency in the north east and Naxalism were the main challenges before the country.
"Infiltration is from Pakistan, insurgency is in some states in the north east and Naxalism is another challenge. Environment is being created against peace but my department will do its complete work," he said.
The Home Minister said a solution to Naxalism could through initiation of development in the affected areas.
"Facilities will have be provided to bring peace in Naxal-affected areas," he said.
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