Cong distances itself from Shakeel's IM remark

Shakeel Ahmed had posted on Twitter that the banned terror outfit Indian Mujahideen was formed after the Gujarat riots.

NEW DELHI: A tweet from Congress general secretary Shakeel Ahmed has the party ducking for cover.

Shakeel Ahmed had posted on Twitter that the banned terror outfit Indian Mujahideen was formed after the Gujarat riots, almost justifying the terror attacks carried out by IM in the country.

Distancing itself from the controversial comment, Congress spokesperson Renuka Choudhary said that the party doesn't endorse Ahmed's views.

NDTV quoted Renuka Choudhary saying: 'I  don't think this is the official party line as of now.'

But she however flayed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and told NDTV: 'It is true that there were serious human rights violations against one community during 2002 riots and it had a social impact, but we can't say that it can be linked to terrorism.'

Her comment came a full day after Ahmed's controversial tweet saying: 'Indian Mujahideen was formed after (the) Gujarat riots (of 2002), says NIA in its charge sheet. (But) Even now BJP and RSS will not desist from their communal politics.'

Reacting sharply to the comment, the Bharatiya Janata Party cautioned the Congress against playing with the security of the country.

"I urge the Congress not to play with the national security. I don't know what National Investigation Agency has said... I think the threat to the country's security is more important," BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

"Today, there is peace in Gujarat. The growth rate of Muslims in Gujarat is the best in the entire country. But the Congress is playing this kind of rant communal politics. It is only a desperation on their part because they have no answers whatsoever for all the wrongs they have done to India," the BJP leader added.

Another senior BJP leader, Meenkashi Lekhi tweeted: "Shakeel Ahmad seems (to be) justifying (that) IM shares their objective and is sympathetic to their cause."

BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu was also dismissive of the charge and asked Ahmad to stop arguing in favour of terrorists.

"What is this stupid argument...It has become a habit with some people. These organisations are there since the beginning," Naidu said.

"Pakistan is aiding, abetting, funding and training terrorists. Don't argue for IM and other such (terror) outfits. Some people say because of Bombay riots, some people say because of Gujarat (they have emerged)," Naidu added.


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