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Congress accused of defaming Hindu religion, BJP demands apology

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The BJP on Monday accused the of "defaming" religion by coining the term "saffron terror" and demanded apologies from and

made the demand after a acquitted all five accused in the Mecca Masjid Bomb blast case earlier in the day.

"Today after the verdict, the Congress' face has been exposed as never before," Patra told the media.

Slamming the Congress, the said: "A former official told the that (P. Chidambaram) was involved in changing the files.

"To hide the truth, to change the truth and to change whatever was already submitted in the court through affidavit, this is what Chidambaram and others in the dispensation were doing just in order to prove

"and must apologise to the nation."

The said that those who follow Indian are remembering the 2013 Congress's convention where then Sonia Gandhi, then and were sitting on the dias.

"Then in his address to the party workers read out the term By doing this he defamed the centuries-old Hindu religion," he alleged, adding that all the senior party leaders remained silent.

Patra said "Hindu terror" was first used by Chidambaram in 2010.

He slammed the for indulging in appeasement for years.

He also attacked the Congress leaders for maintaining "double standards" on the court verdict.

Trading insults at the Congress President, Patra asked: "Rahulji, isn't it correct that you met US and told him that 'We don't fear the SIMI (Students Islamic Movement of India) but we do fear the Hindus'?"

"Didn't you tell him that the SIMI was not involved in terror activities but the Hindus were?"

He also said that all Congress leaders take lessons from Rahul Gandhi.

"Or had these leaders made statements without consulting you?" he asked.

Hitting out at Shinde, Patra said, "At the height of the appeasement politics, in 2013, Shinde sent notices to all the Chief Ministers saying to not arrest any innocent Muslim youth."

Due to its appeasement politics, the Congress was deserted in the 2014 polls, Patra added.



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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 16:30 IST