Jaipur: Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde is known for his penchant for controversy. In a fresh move on Sunday, he has angered Sangh Parivar by saying that Hindu terrorists are being trained in the camps of BJP and RSS.

"They are talking about infiltration but we have this report that whether it is the BJP or the RSS, their training camps are promoting Hindu terrorism," Shinde said at the All India Congress Committee meet in Jaipur.

"We are keeping a strict eye on it. The Samjhauta Express blast, Mecca Masjid (blast), Malegaon blast… they are planting bombs and blaming minorities for it. We need to be careful for safety of our country," he said.

Lashing out at the Home Minister, BJP has termed his remarks as dangerous and derogative and sought immediate apology from him.  

Shinde's clarification

As his remarks came under attack from BJP and RSS, Shinde later said, "This has come so many times in the papers. It is not a new thing that I have said.

"This is saffron terrorism that I have talked about. It is the same thing and nothing new. It has come in the media several times," the Home Minister said.
To a question if it was Hindu terrorism or saffron terrorism, he said, "This is saffron terrorism (that) I have stated." Shinde said that infiltration from Pakistan, insurgency in the north east and Naxalism were the main challenges before the country.
"Infiltration is from Pakistan, insurgency is in some states in the north east and Naxalism is another challenge. Environment is being created against peace but the department will do its complete work," he said.
The Home Minister said a solution to Naxalism could through initiation of development in the affected areas. "Facilities will have be provided to bring peace in Naxal-affected areas," he said.
Shinde said that Congress is the only party which follows the fundamental principle of secularism and has given opportunities to several members from dalit, Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes and minority communities to rise.
"Our leader Sonia Gandhi gave me, a dalit, an opportunity to become Leader of the House in Lok Sabha and there are many names from SC, ST, OBC, minority communities who were made ministers and given other opportunities.
"The communities have been adequately represented in the government," he said.
The Home Minister underlined the importance of rise of regional parties and said that if any leader who parted ways with Congress in the past wanted to join again, it should be taken into consideration.

Congress defends Shinde on Hindu terror remark

The Congress on Sunday defended Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde who provoked the BJP by saying its ideological mentor RSS was promoting Hindu terrorism in its training camps."

After investigations, we have seen that be it the BJP or the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh), their training camps are promoting Hindu terrorism. This is a matter of concern," Shinde said at the All India Congress Committee session here.

"We have known this for long. Shinde had the courage to say it," Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar told reporters.

"There is no Hindu or Muslim terrorism. What he meant was right wing terrorism," said Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla. The BJP said Congress leaders should apologise for making the statement.


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