New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday said there are nine documented cases involving right wing terror groups making bombs and killing people and BJP is targeting selective Ministers because the UPA government has quickened investigations into them.

He said the objective of these fundamentalist groups was to clearly create terror and the government has to deal with that.

Interacting with the journalists, Chidambaram said BJP's attack could also be due to the fact that the government has persuaded the court to hear two Ayodhya cases on a more or less day-to-day basis.

He was replying to a question why he was being targeted by the BJP linking him to the 2G scam.

"I think they know that there is no connection to the so called scam in 2G. I think they are targeting selected Ministers for other reasons in this case.

"What I suspect is that we have quickened the investigations into a number of bomb blast cases where right-wing fundamentalist organisations are involved. We have quickened....we have persuaded the court to hear two Ayodhya cases on a more or less day-to-day basis," he said.

Chidambaram said he could not think of any other reason. "I think the reason is that they think this government is seriously pursuing the bomb blast cases where right-wing fundamentalists elements are involved. Clearly many of those right wing fundamentalist elements are linked to the RSS".

Asked about Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh's statement that right wing forces were bomb making factories, he said "I don't know whether there are bomb making factories. I know that they make bombs and these bombs have exploded. They made bombs. Accused made bombs and bombs have exploded. The bombs have killed people".

To a question about the massacre by a suspected right wing man in Norway and the dangers of right wing terror in India, the Home Minister said there are documented cases of right wing fundamentalists terror in India.

"NIA is investigating seven plus two - nine cases. The two are Goa cases. Seven are cases that happened elsewhere where the objective was to clearly create terror. These are difficult times when we have to deal with fundamentalist terrorists groups belonging to different religions," he said.

On the statement of Digvijay Singh that he had apologized to him for some statements made against him and whether he was pleased that Sonia Gandhi had pulled him (Singh) up, Chidambaram said "I was not displeased in the first place".

Asked whether Singh said sorry to him, he said "he had a conversation with me and that is not for public consumption.

Govt draft on Lokpal excludes PM

Meanwhile on the Lokpal issue, Chidambaram said, "According to present thinking, and subject to change by the Cabinet, the government's draft keeps out the Prime Minister.
...Our considered view at the moment, subject to change by the Cabinet, is that the PM should be kept out of Lokpal."

The Home Minister noted that there are several arguments for and against keeping the Prime Minister out of the ambit of the anti-corruption watchdog.

HM's remarks will give boost to Pak: BJP

In a strong reaction to Home Minister P Chidambaram's comments on right wing terror, BJP
said by blaming these groups for bomb attacks he was giving leverage to Pakistan to harden its position on not taking action against perpetrators of 26/11 attacks.

"I am sure the suave lawyer that Chidambaram is, he could have invented some better logic to defend himself when his neck-deep involvement in the whole 2G scandal, that led to the loss of lakhs of crores of rupees of tax-payers money, is increasingly becoming evident day by day," BJP Chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

Chidambaram had earlier alleged that BJP was attacking some ministers, including him, since the UPA-II had quickened the investigations into rightwing terror cases.

"I think they know that there is no connection to the so-called scam in 2G. I think they (BJP) are targeting selected Ministers for other reasons in this case.

"What I suspect is that we have quickened the investigations into a number of bomb blast cases where right-wing fundamentalist organisations are involved. We have quickened....we have persuaded the court to hear two Ayodhya cases on a more or less day-to-day basis," he said.

BJP refused to buy this argument and attacked Chidambaram yet again today in the 2G scam, with party president Nitin Gadkari demanding that he and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should resign forthwith.

"The statement of Chidambaram confirms that his government is soft on terror from across the border and their patrons who are a threat to India and the so-called saffron terror is more dangerous as per his estimate," Prasad said.

Chidambaram maintained that he could think of no other reason why BJP had stepped up its attack against him.

"I think the reason is that they think this government is seriously pursuing the bomb blast cases where right wing fundamentalist elements are involved. Clearly many of those right wing fundamentalist elements are linked to the RSS," he said.

The BJP felt his stand would only give leverage to Pakistan not to act on terror charges.

"By saying so, he is only giving leverage to Pakistan to further harden its position and take no action on 26/11 terrorist attack perpetrators," Prasad said.

JPN/Agencies