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BJP fumes over Shinde remark

Jan. 24: The city unit of the BJP today staged a protest against Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde’s recent remark, charging the party and the RSS with spreading Hindu terror.

Members of the party staged a sit-in on GS Road, shouted slogans and demanded an apology from the UPA government and Shinde’s immediate removal.

The protest was part of the nationwide demonstrations being held by the party against Shinde’s remarks.

BJP national general secretary Shyam Jaju, leaders of the party in Assam— Pradyut Bora, Vijay Gupta, and Dilip Saikia and around 100 party members — joined the protest and condemned Shinde’s comment.

The home minister, during the Congress summit in Jaipur on Sunday, said the BJP and RSS were promoting Hindu terrorism.

Addressing party workers, Jaju termed Shinde’s comment as another ploy to play vote-bank politics by relating the BJP with Hindu terrorism and demanded the home minister’s immediate removal.

“This is nothing but a ploy of the Congress party to divert public attention, as it was fast losing people’s support. It is imminent that it would lose the elections. By clubbing the BJP’s name with terrorism, the home minister has done a blunder and he should be immediately removed. If the UPA government does not apologise for Shinde’s comment, the BJP will seek support of the people here along with rest of the country to step up our protests against the misrule of the Congress,” Jaju said.

BJP state leader Vijay Gupta termed Shinde’s remarks “irresponsible” and an attempt to appease Muslim voters.

“Shinde has failed to maintain internal security while at the same time he is making irresponsible comments against a secular Opposition party. Terrorism has no religion, but Shinde is trying to give a religious colour by dragging the names of the BJP and RSS. If the home minister has proof against the BJP and RSS, why is he not taking any step? He should take action, instead of making irresponsible comments,” Gupta said.

Leaders of the party said they would step up protest against the UPA government to ensure that the Congress fails to take political mileage out of the issue in the ensuing panchayat elections in Assam and Assembly elections in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura.