New Delhi, Jan. 20 (ANI): Terming the Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's 'Hindu-Terror' remark as an attempt to distort the atmosphere of peace in the country, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday warned the Central Government and the Congress Party that it risked facing serious consequences if there was a delay in issuing an apology.
BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said: "Today, the Home Minister of the country has made a very problematic remark. It is not only condemnable, but dangerous also. It is very unfortunate that a Home Minister has tried to distort the peaceful atmosphere of this country for political interest. Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and the Home Minister must apologise for this statement, otherwise there will be serious consequences."
"The Congress has become a group of cowards. They are not able to stop terrorist infiltration from Pakistan. The government is silent on the issue of cross-border terrorism, and the Home Minister is alleging that a nationalist organisation like the RSS of terrorism. It is not acceptable. The government has given a clean chit to the actual terrorists through this statement," he added.
Another BJP spokesperson, Shahnawaz Hussain echoed the same sentiments and said that such irresponsible remarks will divide the nation.
BJP leader Balbir Punj lashed out at Shinde and said that the Home Minister should be asked whether he is working for India or Pakistan.
Earlier in the day, Shinde stirred a major controversy when he alleged that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were running training camps with the objective of promoting 'Hindu-Terror' across the country.
To prove his point, Shinde cited the examples of the Samjhauta Express blast (February 18, 2007), the Mecca Masjid (May 18, 2007) and Malegaon explosions (September 8, 2006.)
Later, issuing some sort of clarification, Shinde said whatever he said has already appeared in the media several times over the years and that there was nothing new in it.
He said he had made a reference to "Saffron Terrorism" and appeared to reject the view that he had used the words "Hindu Terror". (ANI)