BJP to boycott Shinde, protest inside, outside House

FP

A day after a meeting with top leaders of the RSS and VHP, the BJP Friday decided to protest against public functions of Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde with black flags. It will also boycott all communication with him as Leader of Lok Sabha during the coming budget session of Parliament, for his remarks alleging terror training in RSS and BJP camps.

"Wherever Shinde goes for any public function across the country, BJP workers will protest with black flags. In the context of his role as the Leader of the House in the Lok Sabha, both the Leaders of Opposition (Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley) and chairman of parliamentary party L K Advani will boycott him in his meetings. There will be no communication with Shinde. He must withdraw his remarks and apologise," senior party leader Ananth Kumar said, briefing reporters about the decisions taken at the BJP's parliamentary board meeting Friday.

However, the BJP may not boycott Shinde inside Parliament and only resort to protests whenever he rises to speak.

Meanwhile, VHP leader Ashok Singhal issued a statement in Allahabad that saints and seers meeting at the Kumbh Mela would take a "serious decision" against Shinde's remarks.

Ananth Kumar described the home minister's remarks as reflective of the Congress's "anti-Hindu" mentality.

The raising of the pitch against Shinde, two weeks after he made the remarks at the Congress's Chintan Shivir, is being seen as a fallout of pressure from the RSS and VHP.

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