BJP may disrupt House over Shinde comments
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Upping the ante against Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde for his allegation of BJP and RSS running terror camps, the opposition party Thursday hinted it will obstruct the forthcoming Budget session over their demand for sacking Shinde unless the Home Minister retracts his remarks.
"Shinde's comments have tarnished image of India across the world... Sonia Gandhi's silence shows she perhaps thinks her votebank will be strengthened by it... Shinde will have to go. No force can save him," BJP chief Rajnath Singh said. "If Shinde is not sacked, BJP will continue to press this demand in both Houses of Parliament in the forthcoming session."
"Saffron and terror are antonyms. The home minister should take back his words and apologise. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should apologise and the PM should sack Shinde," Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj said addressing the gathering.
The BJP Thursday organised a nation-wide protest on this issue demanding sacking of Shinde over his allegations against the BJP and RSS during the Congress's brainstorming session in Jaipur recently.
That the BJP is going to press this issue against the Congress was made clear by Singh who said the protests against Shinde will be taken to their "logical conclusion" soon after he took over as BJP president.
The BJP, in this context, also dismissed Congress spokesperson Janardan Dwivedi's statement disapproving of Shinde's remarks linking terror to religion by referring to "Hindu Terror".
"Congress always distances itself from controversial comments made by its own government leaders. This is not sufficient," Swaraj said.
Both Singh and Swaraj also took a dig at Congress with Swaraj saying that BJP did not describe Congress as a criminal organisation after its leaders like Mahipal Maderna, Gopal Kanda and Suresh Kalmadi were sent to jail. Singh said some Congress leaders refer to the alleged mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack as "Hafiz Saeed Saheb".