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BJP protest LIVE: Party fights fire with fire over Shinde's 'Hindu terror' remark
Dailybhaskar.com | Jan 24, 2013, 16:06PM IST
3pm: Slamming BJP, Congress leader Salman Salman Khurshid said, "Mr Shinde is the Home Minister, has access to facts."
"Core facts that are with the Home Minister is something that you cant disagree with," he said.
He added, "Our standard position is that religion cannot be made a cover for terror, no one disagrees with this position."
2pm: Slamming Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, BJP leaders said that they will take the agitation to the Parliament.
1.19pm: Rajnath Singh said, "You call the BJP a terrorist organisation and then retract but don't think that we will stop the agitation. Until the Congress party apologises, PM apologises and Shinde is dismissed we will continue to agitate."
"What came out of Chintan Shivir was Rahul Gandhi became vice president," BJP president said.
He added,"Our PM does not talk. Takes at least a month or a year to comment on pressing issues."
"We gave Saeed the opportunity to say that terrorism is born in India and India is a terrorist state." he said.
He said, "We do politics to build a nation, society, not to build government. We don't discriminate between Hindu, Muslim."
"Only BJP has people who have sacrificed their lives for the country, he said.
Rajnath said, "Soniaji what is your view on what Sushil Kumar Shinde's comments?"
"We will create a situation where Soniaji, Manmohanji will have to sack Shinde," Rajnath said.
Rajnath said, "Shinde has to go. No power can stop that."
1.01pm: Addressing the partyworkers at Jantar Mantar, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said, "Shinde's statements is an insult to our culture. Saffron is a colour that has existed even before the existence of BJP."
She said,"Saffron is a symbol of sacrifice and our culture. There is no link between terrorism and saffron."
"If he wants to see the power of saffron flag he should go to Kumbh mela where he will see only one flag: Bhagwa, Bhagwa, Bhagwa," she added.
"Don't take politics to a level where national sensibilities are hurt. Shinde doesn't understand how much he hurt national," she said.
She said, "At a time when Pakistan had committed atrocities along LoC, Home Minister chose to attack opposition party."
"If BJP conducts terrror camps then how can the BJP be the main opposition party? What are you trying to say? That the Parliament is full of terrorists?" the BJP leader added.
"Shinde does not understand how much harm he has done with his statement," she said.
Swaraj said, "Even after Pakistan's atrocity the government kept talking about giving visa on arrival, gave players and writers visas."
"The government didn't say one harsh word against Pakistan. They saw the country's mood and then decided to take action," she said.
"In the Congress there are sitting ministers who are facing cases of murder and corruption. Gopal Kanda is there in Haryana," she said.
You call the BJP a terrorist organisation and then retract but don't think that we will stop the agitation. Until the Congress party apologises, PM apologises and Shinde is dismissed we will continue to agitate, she said.
12.36pm: Police resort to use of water cannon against protestors in Chandigarh.
Irked over Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's 'Hindu terror' remark, Bharatiya Janata Party launched nationwide protest on Thursday.
Slamming the Home Minister, Rajnath Singh said Sushilkumar Shinde needs to understand that he is the Home Minister of the nation and cannot make such statements.
Outraged at Shinde's remarks on saffron terror, the RSS and the BJP have demanded an unconditional apology from UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Reports state that the party is also mulling over legal action against the Home Minister and Home Secretary RK Singh for their controversial comments.
Shinde had, during Chintan Shivir, alleged that the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh were running training camps to promote Hindu terrorism.