New Delhi, Apr 17: A day after an NIA court acquitted all accused in Mecca Masjid blast case, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) launched a fresh attack against the Congress and its president Rahul Gandhi over ‘Hindu terrorism’ remark. Demanding an apology from Congress leaders, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said Rahul Gandhi had officially told the US Ambassador Timothy Roemer that Hindu terrorism was a bigger threat than the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
“We have the full telegram sent in 2009 by the then US Ambassador Tim Roemer to the US State Department. One the first page is written ‘reaching out to Rahul Gandhi and other young parliamentarians’. In the telegram, it is written that Rahul Gandhi told US envoy ‘there was some support for the LeT in certain elements in India’s Muslim community, but the bigger threat may be of the rise of radical homegrown Hindu groups which create tension,” BJP leader Sambit Patra told media persons.
The BJP demanded an apology from Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders for using the term ‘saffron terror’. “Rahul Gandhi, Sushil Kumar Shinde and P Chidambaram must apologise to the Hindu community for using the term ‘saffron terror’. You can’t take Hindus for granted. We believe in the development of all, appeasement of none,” Patra said. According to Wikileaks, Rahul had told US envoy Timothy Roemer in 2009 that there was some support among Indian Muslims for militants such as LeT.
However, Rahul Gandhi told the ambassador that the greater threat could come from the growth of radical Hindu groups, Wikileaks had claimed. Congress said on Monday that its party functionaries never used the phrase ‘saffron terror’, asserting that terror cannot be linked to any religion or community. “Show me a video or a sound clip where Rahul Gandhi or any other Congress functionary is seen using the term “bhagva aatankwad ” (saffron terror). There is no such thing as saffron terror,” AICC spokesman P L Punia said.