Welcoming Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's apology over his 'Hindu terror' remark, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday accepted his regret and said that though satisfied now, but it would have been better if the former had regretted much earlier.
"We accept the Home Minister's apology and now we are happy that the Parliament would function peacefully. But, we again warn the government that such baseless allegation will compromise the national interests and national security," said BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman.
"We are satisfied by the Home Minister's statement apologising for his remark. It would have been much better if he would have done this soon after his controversial statement," said leader Balbir Punj.
In the wake of opposition threat to stall Parliament proceeding during the Budget Session starting from tomorrow over Shinde's remark, Shinde has issue a statement, expressing regret over the remarks and saying that he was not intended to hurt anyone's sentiments.
Earlier in the day, Leader of opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj had said the BJP too wants the house to function properly, but it will be possible only after the issue of Shinde's remark will be resolved.
She further stated that the BJP wants to raise the crucial issues including the recent chopper deal scam, drought situation in Maharashtra, fuel price hike, ceasefire violation and mutilation of our soldiers at LoC, and Chinese influence alongside the border areas in the session, but the speaker will have to resolve the above said matter first for smooth functioning of the house.
Shinde had made the controversial remark on the final day of the Congress Party's Chintan Shivir in Jaipur. He had accused the BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) of holding terror-training camps and promoting "Hindu terrorism" in the country. (ANI)