NEW DELHI: A day after Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde accused the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Bharatiya Janata Party of promoting 'Hindu terrorism', RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav lashed out at Shinde saying that the home minister had made terror outfits like the Lashkar-e-Toiba and the Jamaat-ud-Dawa very happy.
"He (Shinde) has become the darling of the terrorists," Madhav said.
"Today, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, etc congratulated Shinde. Now, he has become the darling of the real terrorists. It is Shinde who is helping our enemies by such statements. Now, even the LeT has welcomed his statement I am told," Madhav tweeted.
"Shinde says what he had said about Hindu terror is already reported in the media. Then he should be a news reader, not the home minister of India," he added.
Shinde on Sunday, at the All India Congress Committee meet in Jaipur, had said: "They are talking about infiltration but we have this report that whether it is the BJP or the RSS, their training camps are promoting Hindu terrorism."
"We are keeping a strict eye on it. The Samjhauta Express blast, Mecca Masjid (blast), Malegaon blast. . . they are planting bombs and blaming the minorities for it. We need to be careful for the safety of our country," he added.
The BJP was scathing in its criticism of the home minister and demanded an apology from Shinde for accusing the party and its ideological mentor RSS of promoting Hindu terrorism in its training camps.
In his speech, Shinde referred to blasts in the Samjhauta Express, at the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad and in Malegaon in Maharashtra and said there was misinformation about bombs being planted by members of the minority community.
BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said: "Saffron is the antonym of terrorism. Saffron is the symbol of our traditions, culture, renunciation and sacrifices. The home minister must apologize to the nation."
BJP vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Shinde's remarks were "objectionable, dangerous and unfortunate" and demanded an apology from Congress president Sonia Gandhi and general secretary Rahul Gandhi, now the party vice president, apart from Shinde.
Naqvi said a nationalist organisation has been linked to terrorism and Shinde's remarks amounted to "disturbing the peaceful atmosphere for political reasons".
"It is very unfortunate. Terrorists are feeling encouraged. They are infiltrating and carrying out their activities. The instrument to fight terrorists has been repealed. But the party is silent on it," Naqvi said.
Congress leaders spoke in different veins over Shinde's remarks with spokesperson Rashid Alvi stating that the party did not see terrorism linked to any religion.
Alvi said that whatever Shinde said would have been based on documents.
However, he added that terrorism did not have a colour or was linked to a religion.
"The Congress does not see terrorism as linked to any religion. Terrorism is terrorism," he said.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla said there was "no Hindu or Muslim terrorism."
"What he meant was right wing terrorism," Shukla said.
Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar told reporters: "We have known this for long. Shinde had the courage to say it."
Party leader Digvijaya Singh said there was no Hindu terrorism but there was "Sanghi terrorism".
"It (terrorism) is not linked to a religion but is linked to an ideology," Digvijaya Singh said.