Home Minister's 'saffron terror' remark is a matter of deep concern: BJP

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 21, 2013 06:40 hrs

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said that while it has accepted Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's apology over his 'saffron terror' remark in the interest of democracy and to allow Parliament to function without disruption, and added that it was still quite disturbed about the fact that he did make the statement, giving room to hostile countries like Pakistan to say that India has a Home Minister who claims that political parties are indulging in terror within territorial limits.

BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said the main opposition party fairly believes that the statement made by Shinde was not incidental, but made with intent and desire.

"But none the less, he has given a public apology. We do accept it, but a disturbing fact remains that his statement has given reasons for a hostile country like Pakistan to take a ground that look here is a Home Minister who himself claims in India that political parties indulge in terror, giving hand and an upper hand to terrorist like Hafiz Saeed is a matter of deep concern," said Rudy.

"But having said that, we accept the apology that he has apologised to the RSS, he has apologised to the BJP for calling them terrorists or running training camps. In the interest of democracy, in the interest of Parliament, we accept his apology," he added.

To a poser on Digvijay Singh and other leaders of the ruling party at the Centre talking a similar line, Rudy said this shows the psyche of the Congress Party and the so called vote bank politics.

"Well, when you talk about other leaders of the Congress Party, we will not take much cognisance (of) people who call Osama Bin Laden as Osama ji and try to plea the case for the Batla House encounter. So, we will not like to make comments. But this expresses, indicates the psyche of the Congress Party and the so-called vote bank politics, which is very unfortunate," he said.

Shinde yesterday expressed regret over his controversial Hindu terror remark.

Shinde, who is also the Leader of the Lok Sabha, said his comment has created a 'misunderstanding' and that he had no intention to link terrorism with any religion.

"Since controversy has been created on account of my statement, I am issuing this clarification and expressing regret to those who felt hurt by my statement," he said in a brief statement.

The Home Minister's remark had not gone down well with the opposition, who had demanded his apology. Shinde had made the statement at Congress Chintan Shivir in Jaipur. (ANI)

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