BJP says sack Shinde, ‘has helped Pak cause’
The minister was free to take action against the “terrorists” behind the Samjhauta Express blasts but had no right to “insult” India’s spiritual heritage, the party said.
“The BJP strongly condemns the malicious, baseless comments. They are a downright insult of the spiritual, civilisational heritage of India. If there were terrorists behind the bombings in Samjhauta, the government is free to take action against them. If some former swayamsevak of the Sangh Parivar was involved, please act against them. But you cannot tarnish the image of a nationalist organisation... The BJP will not tolerate this repeated insult of Hindu and saffron traditions of India. Shinde must be sacked. The Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi must tender unconditional apology,” BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said at a press conference.
Accusing the Congress of playing vote bank politics as well as playing into Pakistan’s hands, Prasad added: “The way politics is being played, the happiest would be Pakistan... They (Pakistan) will say: look at saffron Hindu terror, what your Home Minister is talking about.”
Earlier in the day, Lashkar-e-Toiba founder and alleged 26/11 attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed invoked the Samjhauta attack and Shinde’s remarks to claim that India has confessed to “terrorism infrastructure” on its soil and asked Pakistan to raise the issue in