Ban RSS, BJP if we are terrorists, Rajnath Singh dares Sushilkumar Shinde

Rajnath Singh

Noting that Jamaat-ud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed had utilized Shinde's remarks to target India, he said it was unfortunate that the comments of Indian Home Minister is being supported by the head of a terrorist organization in Pakistan and the Government is maintaining silence.

"Hafiz Saeed, who heads the JUD, has tried to tell the whole world that India is a terrorist state. Hasn't India's image suffered a setback at the international level?" Rajnath Singh said as he termed the 'silence' of the Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi as 'unfortunate'.

"We have asked the PM to express regret over Shinde's statement and withdraw it. He and Sonia Gandhi have maintained silence. If the PM cannot speak up when the reputation of the country is on the line, then when will he speak? And if Congress President doesn't react to an issue concerning India's image, then when will she react?, Rajnath Singh asked.

He said agencies of the whole world are saying that LeT and other terrorist organizations were behind the Mecca Masjid and Ajmer blasts but the Indian Home Hinister is saying that the RSS and BJP are behind these.

"Home Minister's statement which has dimmed India's global reputation has been made solely with vote bank politics in mind. The Congress is not concerned if such remarks dent country's reputation and its image globally. They are concerned with only one thing - somehow they should retain power. They are playing vote bank politics," he said.

Contending that the remarks reflected Congress' "desperation", the BJP chief said politics should not be played just because they want their government to be formed again as the actual role of a political party is nation building.

Asked what options the BJP had on the issue, Singh said the party would raise the matter prominently both outside and inside Parliament during the forthcoming session.

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