Gujarat riots led to creation of IM: Congress
New Delhi, July 21: A senior Congress leader today sparked a fresh row saying Gujarat riots had led to creation of militant outfit Indian Mujahideen, evoking a sharp reaction from BJP which accused his party of playing the communal card for vote bank politics.
"Indian Mujahideen (IM) was formed after the Gujarat riots, says NIA in its charge sheet. Even now BJP and RSS will not desist from their communal politics?," Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed said on microblogging site Twitter.
Hitting back, BJP said the remarks were "stupid" and "reprehensible" as the Pakistan links of such outfits were well known and alleged that it was a "desperate" Congress which was actually trying to communalize the political scenario and playing with national security as it had "no answers for all the wrongs" it had done. When contacted, the Congress General Secretary blamed the "communal politics of BJP for the chain reaction" on the issue of terror. "This (2002 riots) was the reason behind the creation of Indian Mujahideen. If they foresake their communal politics, outfits like IM will cease to exist," Ahmed said.
BJP said it was well known fact that Pakistan has been aiding and abetting militant outfits that are active in India. "There is this competition among the various Congress spokespersons and leaders to deliberately communalize the country's political scenario, because they have no answer to stinking corruption, misgovernance, price rice, unemployment, the general sense of suffering the people of India are having," Deputy Leader of BJP in Rajya Sabha Ravishankar Prasad said.
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