Taking potshots at the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the ongoing war of words over Sushil Kumar Shinde's 'saffron terror' remark, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Monday said there is foolproof evidence in support of the allegation levelled by the Union Home Minister.
A gloating Digvijay said, "For years the media and political parties called me mad when I said RSS linked to terror, today I am very happy that this has been officially stated by the Home Minister himself".
“Home Minister has said the same things, whatever I was saying for the past eleven years. There are some people in the RSS who are providing training for terrorist activities, and are themselves involved in such activities. He said this because he has evidence. The fact has been proved, investigation is going on, and some people have been arrested in the matter,” said Singh.
Reacting to RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav latest remark in response to Shinde’s comments that terrorist groups like the ‘Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Jamaat-ud-Dawa should have congratulated Shinde for his comments’, Singh said that RSS must clarify whether people, including slain Sunil Joshi, Ramjee Kalangsara, Sandeep Dange, Lokesh Sharma are associated with them or not.
Citing that the RSS and BJP have an inseparable association in this regard, Singh also sought clarification as to why senior BJP leader L K Advani and Sushma Swaraj have met the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, and requested that he favour Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and Colonel Purohit, when they were arrested?
“There is substantial proof that the Sangh (RSS) has organised the training camps for providing training to plant bombs,” he added.
Singh, even on earlier occasions, has raised his voice against the RSS, the ideological patron of the BJP, for their alleged involvement in the Mecca Masjid and Samjhauta Express blasts.
On Sunday, Shinde alleged that the training camps run by the RSS and BJP were promoting ‘Hindu terror’. He also alleged that the RSS and the BJP were behind the Samjhauta Express, Meccca Masjid and Malegaon blasts.
Later, defending himself, Shinde said that he didn't say anything new and only spoke about saffron terrorism, which has already been talked about many a times in newspapers.
Sushil Kumar Shinde has lost mental balance: BJP
Jammu: Lashing out at Sushil Kumar Shinde for his controversial remarks during the Congress summit in Jaipur, the BJP today said it seems the Home Minister has lost his mental balance.
"Shinde seems to have lost his mental balance, otherwise he would not have been making such irresponsible statements," said BJP state president Jugal Kishore Sharma.
The party takes strong exception to Shinde's remarks on a nationalist party like BJP and a "thoroughly patriotic social organisation" like RSS, Sharma said, accusing the Congress of playing divisive tactics.
He said both Shinde and his party should concentrate more on issues like corruption and price rise which are concerned to common man, instead of making "unproven allegations" against BJP.
Shinde had yesterday stoked a controversy by accusing BJP and RSS of conducting terror training camps and promoting "Hindu terrorism", setting off an angry reaction from the saffron parties which demanded an apology from Sonia Gandhi.