VHP demands Sushil Kumar Shinde's apology for terror remark

Vishwa Hindu Parishad's international president Dr Pravin Togadia today demanded Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to take back his remarks on 'Hindu terrorism' and apologise to the nation for it.

"VHP has strong objections to the Union Home Minister's statement on saffron terrorism. He should take back his words and extend an apology to the nation on the issue," Togadia demanded while talking to reporters here.

"A person may be bad, but not the entire population of over 100 crore," Togadia said referring to Shinde's remarks.

Shinde's remark has only strengthened Pakistan's hand and weakened India's fight against terror at the international fora, he said.

Asking Congress whether it would be able to come to power by disrespecting the majority, the VHP leader said the statement was given with an eye on Muslim vote bank, but asked the people to use their voting right by keeping in mind such statements that had "humiliated majority of the people."

On what action VHP would take if the Home Minister did not take back his statement, he said the issue will be deliberated during the ongoing 'Kumbh Mela' at Prayag (Allahabad) when heads of various sects will hold a meeting on the issue of Ram temple, Kashmir and other burning issues on February 6-7.

Referring to the controversial Bhojshala issue, Togadia said, "Bhojshala belongs to Hindus."

Asked whether VHP supports the BJP's policy for putting on backburner its core issues like Ram temple and abrogation of Article 370 for coming to power under the banner of NDA, Togadia said it was a fact, but his organisation never supported any person or party and was only working towards enlightenment of Hindus for a larger goal of Hindus coming to power with full majority.

Earlier, Togadia informed that the VHP had launched a 'kambal bank' for providing blankets to the devotees who visited Kumbh mela during winters to protect them from severe cold.

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