“On one hand we are trying to bring peace. We are also taking steps against injustice towards minorities as also against infiltration. But, in the midst of all this, we have got an investigation report that be it the RSS or BJP, their training camps are promoting Hindu terrorism. We are keeping a strict vigil on all this,” Shinde said at the AICC session during the Chintan Shivir in Jaipur.
He talked about the Samjhauta Express, Mecca Masjid and the Malegaon blasts, in which involvement of right-wing extremists is suspected. “We will have to think about it seriously and will have to remain alert,” he said.
Attacking Shinde, BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters in Delhi, “Their (Congress’s) destructive mindset is reflected in the statement of the Home Minister. The statement is very objectionable. It’s not only unacceptable but also dangerous.”
It was aimed at disrupting peace and harmony, he added.
The BJP also demanded an immediate apology from the Congress leadership. “Sonia Gandhi should apologise. Rahul Gandhi and Home Minister should also apologise, otherwise there will be serious consequences... Such baseless things when said by the Home Minister amount to giving a clean chit to real terrorists,” Naqvi said. “Home Minister must apologise to the nation for his comments”, Sushma Swaraj tweeted.
Accusing the Congress of being silent to terror strikes from across the border while castigating a “nationalist organisation” like the RSS, Naqvi added: “Sometimes I feel the Congress has become a kayaron ki jamaat (group of cowards).”
Attacked by the BJP, Shinde stuck to his guns. “This is saffron terrorism that I have talked about. It is the same thing and nothing new. It has come in the media several times,” he said.
Several Congress leaders too defended Shinde. Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh said, “It is not Hindu terrorism but Sangh-backed terrorism.”
“I am 100 per cent with Shinde on this. This isn’t a secret. I want to thank the Home Minister for saying what everyone knows but does not have the courage to say,” party leader Mani Shankar Aiyar said. “He (Shinde) meant right-wing terrorism. There is no Hindu or Muslim terrorism,” added Union Minister Rajiv Shukla.
RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav called Shinde’s remarks “highly irresponsible” and made only to please his party bosses. “If a Congress leader had said something like this, it wouldn’t have mattered that much. But if the Home Minister of the country is saying something like this, it is highly irresponsible. This is all about playing votebank politics.”
BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar described Shinde’s remarks as the “most irresponsible” ever made by any home minister of the country. “P Chidambaram used the term saffron terrorism and Shinde has gone a step further,” he said.
He said the statement reflected the “communal and vote bank politics” of the Congress. “One cannot equate terrorism with one religion,” he said.
In his speech, Shinde also listed infiltration from Pakistan, insurgency in the Northeast and Naxalism as the main challenges before the country. “Infiltration is from Pakistan, insurgency is in some states in the Northeast and Naxalism is another challenge. Environment is being created against peace but my department will do its complete work,” he said.
shinde has not only lost his mental balance but has come down to his aukat. he is ...... and hence his mind is shoodra. Who did terrorist activities at Indiagate during public demonstration. It was Delhi police who lathi charged, tear gased and shed water cannon on peaceful indians, the owner of this country. shinde is a terrorist who exercised all ill tactics to crush the peaceful demonstration. He has to pay for it. He is mentally bankrupt. Public will set him right and bring his mind to track but he will not have power then.
Shinde is fully correct. I do not know why he has not said that the recent beheading of Jawan is the handiwork of hindu terror groups and that we are unnecessarily blaming Pakistan. He can MANUFACTURE proofs to substantiate his statement and he has a sidekick in Digvijaya,
So this is the outcome of "Chintan Shivir", how to stop distract the nation from the ongoing corruption scandals by Congress. I am not saying BJP is completely clean party but doing political trail of any organization is not right, book the case against RSS or BJP is they are involved in it & let SC or HC to decide what is the outcome. Truth prevails. By this hypocrite behavior Congress is severely denting India's international image as well as Foreign policy. "Shri" Hafeez Saeed, as spoken by Shinde, HM in parliament has Pakistan Govt. to pursue case in UN & declare India as terrorist nation... Congress knows it can not survive in future if it has this mentality in future once middle & urban class people start voting so better start this propaganda.
Sickular congees and its minority appeasement, trying to divert the attention from their failures... It should be dumped in the Arabian Sea
Congress started it with- Tamil tigers, which were provided training at Dehradun. Mrs Indira Gandhi allowed Bhindrawale to run Terrorists training camps in Punjab. he had a force of HARD CORE 3000 Terrorists. Congress has a HIDDEN GOONDA force, which work against every men who come in LIMELIGHT OF EXPOSING CONGRESS CORRUPTION. Congress has became a MORNACHY. Gan....du FAMILY is DICTATOR. No body can speak against madam and her son. Congress workers can accept at DOG of Gandhi family as their leader. Most of congress leaders fight each other to be caught in the eyes of gandhi family. But our PM is the best PET of madam.
There is no need for Shinde to apologize. Saffron terror is a fact. The so called online nationalists should acknowledge this.
But the congress still wins & why. The Hindus of this country are just as shameless and unpatriotic as the congresswalas...sad
Congress has lost confidence, they are trying to divert the attention of divert the attention by putting baseless allegations. HM is not able to tackle the terrorist issue from Pakistan & Bangla Desh. This statement is just showing the frustration level of Congress Party.
If that be so we see Italian mafia/Christian terrorism in Congress camp.What a statement from a home minister!!
EXCEPT LAUGHING SHINDE HAS NOT DONE ANYTHING IN HIS LIFE, NOW ATLEAST HE IS TRYING TO IMMITATE DIGVIJAY
The Union Home Minister Mr Sushil Kumar Shinde should seek apology from the R.S.S. and B.J.p. for quoting irresponsible comment that the R.S.S. ,B.J.P. Training Camps are promoting Terror . Really the Word " Terror " has irked the masses and has created an error in the minds of the B.J.P. and R.S.S. Cadre . As no doubt the season of Elections is coming and this type of Statements can be on the record quoted but such type of statements some times create an error and irks the masses also . What is the reason and mission behind his focused vision is better known to the Union Home Minister Mr Sushil Kumar Shinde .Mr Shinde should seek apology for his quoted sensitive comment .