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Shinde sparks row with BJP-RSS terror remark

Posted on Jan 20, 09:27PM | IBNS

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has sparked a major row as he accused the opposition BJP and their ideological patron RSS of promoting Hindu terrorism in India in their training camps, inviting some angry reactions from the parties he blamed.

"On one hand we are trying to restore peace in India and looking into injustices on minority or stopping infiltration while on the other hand the training camps of BJP or RSS are looking after promotion of Hindu terrorism in their camps," said Sushil Kumar Shinde speaking at the Congress Chintan Shivir (Brainstorming Conclave) here on Sunday.

Later when pressed for clarification, he told media that what he said is nothing new but had come out in media many times.

"I have spoken about saffron terrorism only. What I said is nothing new and they are all over the media," he said.

Many Congress leaders like Mani Shankar Aiyar supported Shinde and said he was telling the truth and commended him for speaking out the truth.

"I agree with him hundred percent and Shinde dared to speak out openly about the conspiracy to promote Hindu extremism," said Aiyar.

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh also backed Shinde.

The BJP immediately hit back by calling the Congress a party that is s

BJP spokesperson Syed Shahnawaz Hussain aid: "It is unfortunate and we condemn such an irresponsible remark by the home minister who is trying to divide terrorism between Hindus and Muslims. This is not something that is good for India."

BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the Home Minister is trying to divide the nation for narrow political gains.