| BJP members burn the effigy of home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Chowk in Patna City on Monday. Picture by Sachin |
Patna, Jan. 21: JD(U) national spokesperson Shivanand Tiwari today supported home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde’s statement on “BJP and RSS role in promoting Hindu terrorism” yesterday.
“Shinde didn’t say anything new. It came to light during the course of investigation of cases like Samjhauta Express and Malegaon blasts that Hindu terrorism had a role in these incidents. And all the accused persons were at one point of time or the other associated with RSS,” Tiwari told The Telegraph today, reacting to BJP’s stand on Shinde’s statement.
Tiwari was quick to add that his statement was his personal view and that his party had not discussed the home minister’s statement. But he maintained that JD(U), as a party, was dead against all forms of fundamentalism and the ideologies which promote acts of terrorism.
“We have got an investigation report that be it the RSS or the BJP, their training camps are promoting Hindu terrorism. We are keeping a strict vigil on this,” Shinde had said following which BJP launched a scathing attack on him and the Congress.
This is not the first time that Tiwari spew venom against RSS. Earlier this month, he compared RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat with Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader Akbaruddin Owaisi, terming the two as two sides of the same coin. Owaisi had reportedly delivered a hate speech against Hindus.
JD(U) state unit president Bashistha Narayan Singh refused to be drawn into the controversy and chose to be diplomatic when asked to react over Shinde’s statement.
“I have nothing to say on this issue,” he said before adding: “JD(U) as a party is against all forms of terrorism and the party condemns all those who promote terrorism.” Singh said: “Vote politics should not be done on issues like terrorism. It is wrong.”