Rajnath Singh takes on Shinde, calls for nationwide agitation
Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh on Wednesday lashed out at Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde over his controversial 'Hindu terror' remark, saying that the party will hold a massive countrywide protests against him.
Shinde had made the controversial remark on the final day of the Congress Party's Chintan Shivir in Jaipur, Rajasthan. It immediately invited condemnation from both the BJP and the RSS. They have demanded Shinde's immediate sacking from the Union Cabinet, and apologies from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress Party president Sonia Gandhi.
"The recent statement of the home minister shows the government is not serious about fighting terrorism. Just for votebank politics, they are poisoning the atmosphere of the nation with communalism," said Singh, while addressing party leaders and workers soon after his election as the BJP's next president.
He said the BJP has worked in the past to ensure that the nation remains united.
"If anyone has taken on anti-national policies, it is the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the BJP. We will hold massive countrywide protests against Shinde from tomorrow, and we wholeheartedly condemn his statement," he added.
He emphasised that the BJP has continually worked for the nation's progress and it was needed now more than ever, given the manner in which the country was being dragged down by the Congress-led UPA Government.
Singh blamed the Congress for the economic slowdown and inflation in the country and said politics should not be done just to form the government, but to ensure that people benefit from it.
After a surprise decision by outgoing BJP president Nitin Gadkari not to contest for the post in wake of alleged corruption charges against him, Singh emerged as the consensus choice to be the new president of the party.