360° Coverage : BJP demands apology, Shinde's sacking; Congress refuses

1 Updates
BJP demands apology, Shinde's sacking; Congress refuses
Photo Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN, Getty Images

BJP demands apology, Shinde's sacking; Congress refuses

Jan 21 2013, 10:16am CST | by

New Delhi, Jan 21 (IANS) An angry BJP Monday renewed its attack on Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde for his comments on "Hindu terror" and demanded his sacking and an apology from the ruling party even as the Congress outrightly rejected the demand.

New Delhi, Jan 21 — An angry BJP Monday renewed its attack on Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde for his comments on "Hindu terror" and demanded his sacking and an apology from the ruling party even...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

1 year ago

BJP demands apology, Shinde's sacking; Congress refuses

Jan 21 2013, 10:16am CST | by

New Delhi, Jan 21 (IANS) An angry BJP Monday renewed its attack on Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde for his comments on "Hindu terror" and demanded his sacking and an apology from the ruling party even as the Congress outrightly rejected the demand.

New Delhi, Jan 21 — An angry BJP Monday renewed its attack on Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde for his comments on "Hindu terror" and demanded his sacking and an apology from the ruling party even as the Congress outrightly rejected the demand.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said Shinde's remarks were irresponsible and condemnable, and accused the Congress of practicing vote-bank politics.

"I condemn it strongly, very forcefully. It is a malicious comment by a light-weight home minister who does not know what he is talking," said Prasad.

The BJP will hold protests across the country Jan 24 against Shinde's remarks and also burn effigies of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, he said.

Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said there was "no question of sacking (Shinde) or apologising".

"Shinde has clarified that he meant the Mecca Masjid, Samjhauta and Malegaon blasts... all the people involved are in jail, and he said that this fact is in the papers," Alvi told IANS.

The home minister set off a controversy Sunday when he accused the BJP and its mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), of conducting terror training camps and promoting "Hindu terrorism".

"Shinde has to prove what he has said, otherwise he has to withdraw the remark or apologize," said Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley.

He repeated the BJP's accusation of the Congress always being "soft on terror".

"Congress which withdrew POTA has always been soft towards terrorists and terrorism instead of taking a hard stand," Jaitley said.

"That was why Shinde's hand was trembling to sign (the order) on the person who launched the attack on parliament and whose death sentence was upheld by Supreme Court," Jaitley said.

He said the entire country knows that the BJP and RSS are symbols of nationalism. "BJP is a party which always stood against terrorism," he said.

In his speech at the Congress party's Chintan Shivir in Jaipur, Shinde said: "After investigations, we have seen that be it the BJP or the RSS, their training camps are promoting Hindu terrorism. This is a matter of concern. We are keeping a strict eye on it."

The minister later clarified that he had only stated what has been appearing in the media and his reference was to "saffron terrorism".

"What is the meaning of linking a pious word like saffron with terrorism?" Prasad said and added that the BJP and the RSS had never said that those guilty of terror acts should not be punished.

Prasad said Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should give an "unconditional apology" and Shinde "should be sacked". He said elements supporting terror in Pakistan "will be the happiest" with Shinde's remarks.

He also attacked Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh over his remark about "Sanghi terrorism."

The RSS also hit out at Shinde, terming him the "darling of terrorists".

RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav said Shinde's comment on Hindu terror has made "real terrorists" like the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) very happy and they have welcomed it.

"Today the Jamat-ud-Dawa etc. congratulated Shinde. Now he has become the darling of real terrorists," Madhav tweeted.

IANS

Source: IANS

 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/8" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi is the founding Chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com. Luigi posts regularly on LuigiMe.com about his experience running I4U.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Search resumes for victims of Japan volcano eruption
Tokyo, Oct 2 (IANS/EFE) Rescue teams Thursday resumed the search for victims of the eruption of Mount Ontake volcano in the Nagano region in central Japan, amid uncertainty over the fate of an undetermined number of missing hikers.
 
 
Bangladesh considering lowering marriage age of girls
Dhaka, Oct 2 (IANS) The Bangladesh government is considering lowering the age of marriage to 16 years for girls.
 
 
10,000 Iraqis killed this year in IS offensive
Geneva, Oct 2 (IANS/EFE) At least 9,347 Iraqi civilians have been killed and 17,386 others injured during the first nine months of this year in the offensive by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation in Iraq, the UN announced Thursday.
 
 
Newly discovered deviant ant species!
Washington, Oct 2 (IANS) People often say that what you are looking for is usually right in front of your face. Researchers from the George Washington University in the US faced the same predicament when they discovered an ant species, Cephalotes specularis, hiding in plain sight.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Four killed, 10 injured in Afghan explosion
Kabul, Oct 2 (IANS) At least four people were killed and ten injured Thursday in an explosion which targeted an Afghan army bus in south-western Kabul. This is the third suicide attack on army vehicles in two days,...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Indians finish 4th, 8th in women's 5,000m final
Incheon, Oct 2 (IANS) Indian runners O.P. Jaisha and Preeja Sreedharan finished fourth and eighth respectively in the women's 5,000 metres final at the Asian Games here Thursday. Though Jaisa clocked a personal best...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Seven killed in Pakistan blast
Islamabad, Oct 2 (IANS) At least seven people, including a Frontier Corps official, were killed and six injured in a blast in a passenger van in Pakistan Thursday. The blast occurred in Bazidkhel area in Peshawar when...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Short, intense workouts boost memory
Washington, Oct 2 (IANS) An intense workout for as little as 20 minutes can enhance episodic or long term memory about previous events by about 10 percent in healthy young adults, say researchers. Many existing...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Danish parliament approves sending fighter jets to combat IS
Copenhagen , Oct. Oct 2 (IANS) Denmark's parliament Thursday overwhelmingly approved plans to send seven F-16 fighter jets to join the fight against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation in Iraq. The...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Pakistan appoints new navy chief
Islamabad, Oct 2 (IANS) Admiral Zakaullah has been named the next chief of the Pakistan Navy, Geo TV reported Thursday. President Mamnoon Hussain has made the appointment on the advice of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif....
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Air-dropped Iraqi leaflets warn of attack on Mosul city
Mosul (Iraq), Oct 2 (IANS/EFE) Warning of an impending attack, Iraqi military aircraft Thursday dropped thousands of leaflets on the northern city of Mosul urging residents to avoid strongholds and barracks of the...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Jordin Sparks wants to be friends with Jason Derulo
Jordin Sparks wants to stay friends with Jason Derulo. The 24-year-old singer and the 'Talk Dirty' hitmaker recently ended their two-year relationship and the 'No Air' star bares no ill-feeling towards her former...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Zoe Saldana confirms she's having twins
Zoe Saldana has confirmed she is expecting twins. The 'Guardians of the Galaxy' actress - who confirmed her pregnancy for the first time last month - has admitted she and husband Marco Perego will be welcoming two...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
One Direction 'chatted up' Rihanna
One Direction ''chatted up'' Rihanna at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs). The 'Little Things' hitmakers - comprising Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Zayn Malik - were delighted to find...
Read more on Celebrity Balla