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Posted on Jan 21, 05:41PM | IBNS
India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday demanded Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's resignation for his remarks on 'Hindu terror'.
The BJP also demanded unconditional apology from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi for Shinde's remarks.
"We condemn strongly the malicious comment by a light weight Home Minister who does not know what he is speaking about," BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said while addressing a press conference on Monday.
"We demand Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi to tender an unconditional apology...Sushilkumar Shinde should be sacked," Prasad said.
The BJP also announced a nationwide protest against the Home Minister's comments on Jan 24.
Reacting to BJP's demands, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath told media: "The BJP's response is a response of guilt. The Congress fully backs Mr. Shinde's comments."
Shinde on Sunday sparked a major row as he accused the BJP and its ideological patron Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (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 Shinde speaking at the Congress Chintan Shivir (Brainstorming Conclave) in Jaipur 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.