Home Sec backs Shinde's 'Hindu terror' remark
Union Home Secretary RK Singh on Tuesday backed his department's minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's comment on BJP-RSS links with Hindu terror acts.
He said at least ten people were such who were linked to RSS and were involved in the terror attacks like Samjhauta Express, Mecca Masjid and Dargah Sharif blasts.
"We have at least 10 names associated with RSS at one time or other," Singh told reporters.
Drawing angry outbursts from the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ideological patron Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Union Home Minister at the Chintan Shivir of Congress in Jaipur accused the BJP and RSS of promoting Hindu terrorism in India in their training camps.
"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 conclave 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.
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday backed Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's remarks on 'Hindu terror' and said they were based on 'facts'.
Speaking to reporters, Khurshid said: "Let me just say this to you very clearly that our stated position, that is shared fully by the Home Minister and past Home Minister, is based entirely on facts."
"We should not be distracted by a phrase here and there. Terror does not have a religion. It should not have a colour," he said.
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday said Shinde's remarks were 'irresponsible'.
Chouhan told media: "Neither the BJP nor the Congress is above the country and therefore Shinde's statement has weakened India's fight against terrorism and will give the nation's enemy an advantage on the issue."
The BJP on Monday demanded 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.