Ban RSS, BJP if we are terrorists, Rajnath Singh dares Sushilkumar Shinde
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In a scathing attack on Sushilkumar Shinde over his 'Hindu terror' remarks, BJP president Rajnath Singh has said the Home Minister had hurt India's image by his comments and dared him to ban the RSS and BJP and arrest all their leaders if there was any evidence against these organisations.
Questioning the silence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi over the remarks, the BJP chief made it clear that his party will continue its 'oust-Shinde' campaign even in the Budget Session of Parliament expected to begin in the third week of next month.
"If, as Home Minister, you think that the RSS and BJP are churning out terrorists, then we have also attended such training camps. Are we also terrorists? Do you consider us terrorists? Then put us also in jail," Singh told PTI in an interview while reacting sharply to Shinde's comments.
In a poser to the Home Minister, the BJP leader said, "If you consider the RSS and BJP to be terrorist organizations, why don't you ban them? If you have evidence against them, why don't you reveal that evidence?"
At the Congress Chintan Shivir in Jaipur recently, Shinde had accused the RSS and BJP of promoting terrorists at their training camps.
Singh alleged that Shinde had made the comments because of vote-bank politics.
Asked about Home Secretary R K Singh citing certain names in connection with the bombings in support of 'Hindu terror' remarks of Shinde, Singh said the RSS is a big organization and someone may have sometimes attended a camp.
"That doesn't mean the entire organization is a terrorist organization. It is possible that such a person may have been associated in the past with the Congress also. The law should take its course against those held guilty. But the whole organization should not be held responsible for isolated acts of a few. Even in a family when someone commits a crime, you don't call the entire family criminal," the BJP chief said.