New Delhi: The controversy over Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's Hindu terror remark refuses to die down with the RSS on Thursday saying that he should have "at least apologised" and Congress insisting that his "regret" does not mean his statement was factually incorrect.

Party spokesperson P C Chacko suggested the expression of regret by Shinde on Wednesday was aimed at ensuring a smooth Budget session in which the government wants a number of key bills to be passed.

"His (Shinde's) statement may not be factually incorrect but if his statements have hurt any political party, we did not want to go in a fighting mood.... Home Minister was speaking on the basis of some fact but even then if he hurt the feelings some political party, it was not his intent and the Home Minister has clarified that.”

"Government is very positive and taking (into account) even the minute sentiments of the Opposition.... How can the Home Minister make a statement without facts. He can not make a statement without facts to substantiate them.It might not be factually incorrect but we did not want to hurt the sentiments of any party," Chacko said in reply to a volley of questions on the issue.

The Congress leader also dismissed suggestions of Shinde backtracking from his comments about RSS' alleged involvement in running terror camps made at Congress Chintan Shivir.

"He has never denied it. If he has denied what he said in Jaipur, then you can ask it...there is no contradiction (in Shinde's statements) but we (political parties) are working in a spirit of dialogue and discussion," he said.

Chacko, at the same time, said that the matter stands resolved after Shinde's statement yesterday. "My information is that it is to the satisfaction of the Opposition party" he said adding "merely because of the wording of a statement, somebody should not object to it".

The RSS and the BJP seem divided on the issue, as the main opposition party has put a lid on the controversy accepting the regret statement issued by Shinde had on Wednesday over his controversial remark but RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav said that Shinde should "at least feel sorry" for his remarks and "apologise" and not just merely regretted".


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