Shinde should have apologised: RSS

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 21, 2013 10:36 hrs

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Thursday said they expected Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde to 'apologise' for his 'Hindu terror' remarks and not 'merely' regret his act.

"Shinde Jaipur comments were derogatory n defamatory. He merely regretted. He shud hv apologised. Also shud hv condemned Pak terrorists," RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav tweeted.

"Poured venom on india using his utterances. Also now, what wl d Congi leaders like Digvijay n Mani Aiyer say? Wl they also regret?" he said.

"Can we expect d hon´ Home Secretary 2 again defend his boss as he did after Jaipur and state dat his statement was also not based on facts?" Madhav posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Madhav made the comments a day after Shinde on Wednesday expressed his "regret" for his "Hindu terror" remarks made last month.

In a statement released on Wednesday evening, the Home Minister said that he regretted that his comments at a Congress conclave in Jaipur last month had "created controversy" and "misunderstanding".

He made the remarks at a time when India´s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had threatened to disrupt proceedings of the Budget Session of the Parliament that started from Thursday. The BJP also threatened to boycott the Home Minister.

Shinde said he had "no intention of linking terrorism with any religion. There is no basis for suggesting that terror could be linked with the organisations mentioned in my brief speech at Jaipur."

The BJP has accepted the Home Minister´s statement.

The RSS is the parent body of the BJP.

Speaking at Jaipur, Shinde last month had said, "We have got an investigation report that be it the RSS or BJP, their training camps are promoting Hindu terrorism."

He later clarified that he meant "saffron terrorism" not "Hindu terrorism", however the BJP refused to budge from its call for an apology.

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