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Mecca masjid verdict has exposed Cong's appeasement politics: BJP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The BJP today launched a sharp attack on the after a court acquitted right-wing activist and four others in the 2007 Masjid blast case, claiming that the opposition party's "appeasement politics" of "defaming" Hindus has been exposed.

A special anti-terror court in acquitted Aseemanand and four others in the case, ruling that the prosecution failed to prove charges against them. A massive blast had ripped through the Masjid on May 18, 2007, during Friday prayers, killing nine people and wounding 58 others.

Reacting to the court verdict, alleged that the has long "defamed" Hindus for votes and demanded that and his predecessor apologise for terms such as "saffron terror" and "Hindu terror".

Patra said people will teach the "a lesson" in the polls as they had in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections when it was reduced to 44 seats.

Hitting back at the Congress leaders for blaming the BJP government for the acquittal of the accused, he alleged that the opposition party has"double standards" and as it had welcomed a court order in favour of accused in the 2G scam case.

Patra also noted that the Congress was in power for seven years after the blasts and asked what it had done during the period.

"For its appeasement politics, the Congress targeted and defamed Hindus and the country for merely some votes. That conspiracy has been exposed. The Congress has been exposed like never before," he said.

Taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi, Patra wondered if the Congress would lead a candle march to India Gate and apologise for his attempts to "defame" Hindus.

Patra also raked up several comments by Congress leaders and a US diplomatic cable which had allegedly quoted as saying that radicalised Hindu groups posed a bigger danger to the country.

Former home ministers P Chidambaram, Shivraj Patil and Sushil Kumar Shinde had also spoken about "saffron terror" and "Hindu terror", Patra alleged.

He also claimed that was also practising appeasement politics, an euphemism used by the BJP for alleged pro-Muslim of some parties.

Patra accused of "hobnobbing" with a Muslim outfit, Popular Front of India, while it is being probed by the

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 16:00 IST