BJP demands Shinde's resignation, Congress backs him

The BJP today demanded the resignation of Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde over his comments at the Congress' meeting at Jaipur that BJP and RSS camps were being used to promote terrorism, and also sought  an apology from senior party leaders for the comment.

"He is a light-weight Home Minister making lightweight remarks, but since he spoke in the Prime Minister's presence, it has to be taken seriously," BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said today.

The party demanded the resignation of the Home Minister and also said that the Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi should apologise for the comment.

The Home Minister's comments at the Congress meet has been the cause of controversy. PTI

The BJP also attacked the term 'saffron terror' saying that the colour was wrongly being connected with terrorism.

Saffron is the beacon of India's historical and spiritual heritage, Prasad said, adding that the national flag also has saffron in it.

"When there is outrage over the incident at the LoC where two soldiers were killed what is need to talk about saffron terror?" Prasad said.

He also said the government should act against terrorism irrespective of the religion of the terrorist committing the crime.

"We would like to ask Sonia Gandhi why the party's leaders continually play with the Hindu community's sentiments," he said.

The party also questioned what action had been taken with regards to the mercy petition filed by Afzal Guru, in the 2001 Parliament attack case in which he had been sentenced to death.

However, the Congress party continued to back the Home Minister despite the uproar over his comments.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said, "The Congress fully backs Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde. These are BJP tactics to divert attention from its internal turmoil."

The minister said that Home Minister had only stated 'facts' about the RSS camps and that the BJP was attacking Shinde since it had received instructions from the RSS.

Updated Date: Jan 21, 2013 17:29 PM

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