Singh, who was seen praising Zakir in the video, defended himself, saying if there was any evidence against the preacher, then the Indian and Bangladeshi governments should take action against him.

"I have appealed for communal harmony and opposed religious fundamentalism and terrorism by either Hindus or Muslims," the Congress leader added.
    
However, BJP was quick to target Singh and also demanded action against Zakir, saying he was a "threat" to national security as it was clear from his speeches that he "incited" people.
    
"Terrorism is enemy of humanity. Anybody who directly or indirectly abets it is guilty. People like him (Zakir) are a threat to our national security. Government agencies should decide on action against him under the existing legal system. It is clear that he incited people," party national secretary Shrikant Sharma said.

Citing Singh's comments, Sharma said, "It is in Congress' character to politicise and glorify terrorism. Its leaders used terms like Hafiz saab and Osama ji for terrorists.
    
"They questioned the sacrifice of Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma in Batla House encounter and claimed their president Sonia Gandhi cried whole night over the killings (of terrorists) in the encounter."

He also demanded that Gandhi should apologise for the "ugly" comments of her party leaders.

 

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