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BJP again demands Congress apology for 'defaming Hindus'

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The BJP on Tuesday again criticised the for allegedly coining the term "saffron terror" to defame the Hindus and sought an apology from its leadership, even though the opposition party had a day earlier denied the charge.

"(leaders) and should apologise to community for defaming them globally and taking the Hindus for granted. You can't take the Hindus for granted. We believe in development of all and appeasement of none," said at a press conference he addressed along with newly elected member G.V.L. Narsimha Rao.

Patra had on Monday also, accused the of coining the term and sought an apology from its leadership. However, the had maintained that neither its nor any other party functionary had ever used the term "saffron terror" and that its political rivals were levelling "baseless allegations".

On Tuesday, Patra demanded an apology from former Union and for allegedly using the term "saffron terror".

The said: "and Chidambaram should hold a joint press conference and speak on the issue."

Dubbing Rahul Gandhi's thinking as "anti-Hindu", the said a telegram sent in 2009 by then US to the mentioned that "told the US that there was some support for the Lashkar-e-Taiba in certain sections of India's Muslims, but the bigger threat may be of the rise of radical homegrown Hindu groups which create tension".

"This is the position of the needs to answer all these questions. We demand that he should seek apology for what he told against the Hindus. He can't just say that it was a passing statement and nothing to do with the party," Patra said.

The fresh war of words between the two parties on the term "saffron terror" began after a Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in acquitted all five accused in the 2007 Mecca Masjid bomb blast case on Monday.

--IANS

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 15:24 IST
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