BJP to persist with its demand for Shinde's resignation
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday said that they would continue to press their demand for the expulsion of Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde after he accused the ideologue of the BJP, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh of organising terror training camps and promoting "Hindu terrorism
The RSS is the ideological mentor of the BJP.
However, later changing his stance, Sushil Kumar Shinde clarified that he only quoted newspaper reports to point out growing incidents of saffron militancy (the term saffron militancy is used to describe the actions of right wing outfits in India which are allegedly inspired by Hindu nationalism) in the country.
He had said that militancy by any group would not be ignored by the Congress Party.
Senior BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu, while addressing a news conference, said the party would continue to protest till Shinde is expelled.
"The entire nation was shocked that's why the BJP has decided not to leave this issue by one day demonstration or a protest. We will continue to agitate and protest inside the parliament and outside the parliament. We will not leave him like this. We will take into its logical ends; we will not rest till he's removed or till this government goes out because the statement is anti-national," said Naidu.
The supporters of BJP took to the streets across the country on Thursday and demanded the dismissal of Shinde.
Naidu slammed the Congress party for trying to gain political mileage and added that it was due to the wrong policies of the government that there was surge in militancy in the country.
"It is the most irresponsible, idiotic statement made by any home (interior) minister or any leader so far in the history of the country or any country for that matter. Saying BJP is running camps, I would like to tell the Congress party it is because of wrong policies, because of your vote-bank politics, terrorism has increased in this country and it got root in this country," he added.
Shinde's remark invited the wrath of the BJP as they demanded from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take stringent action against him.
For years, bombings in India have mostly been blamed on Islamists seeking to incite hatred between the majority Hindus and minority Muslims.
But the 2008 Malegaon blasts changed this perception, as the main accused was Pragya Singh, an RSS worker.
Singh is currently in a jail in western Maharashtra state and awaiting trial.
Shinde also claimed that the BJP uses cultural nationalism to emotionally divide the country, whereas the Congress worked on the policy of consensus.