Agencies, New Delhi BJP President Rajnath Singh was today unsparing in his criticism of Sushilkumar Shinde over his ‘Hindu terror’ remarks, saying the Union Home Minister damaged the country’s image by his comments and dared him to ban the RSS and BJP and arrest all their leaders if there was any evidence against these organisations.
Raising a question over the silence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi over the remarks, the new BJP chief minced no words in saying that party will continue its ‘Oust Shinde’ campaign even in the Budget session of Parliament expected to begin in the third week of next month. ‘’If, as Home Minister, you think that the RSS and BJP are churning out terrorists, then we have also attended such training camps.
Are we also terrorists? Do you consider us terrorists? Then put us also in jail,’’ Mr Singh said in an interview. In a poser to Mr Shinde, the BJP chief said, ‘’If you consider the RSS and BJP to be terrorist organizations, why don’t you ban them? If you have evidence against them, why don’t you reveal that evidence?’’ At the Congress chintan shivir in Jaipur recently, Mr Shinde had accused the RSS and BJP of promoting terrorists at their training camps. Mr Singh alleged that Shinde had made the comments because of vote-bank politics. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today met BJP president Rajnath Singh here and the two leaders had a detailed discussion on the 2014 general polls.
Addressing reporters after meeting the BJP chief, Mr Modi said a detailed discussion was held on upcoming 2014 General Elections. However, the Gujarat CM did not divulge any details. Mr Modi further said he came here to the national capital to congratulate Mr Singh and seek his advice regarding the developmental work in Gujarat. Mr Singh, who addressed the mediapersons along with Modi, also said the next General Elections were discussed during the meeting.
Mr Singh was formally elected as BJP president on Wednesday, as there was no other leader from the party who had filed his or her nomination papers. In a day of dramatic developments on Tuesday, which were capped by Nitin Gadkari’s late night announcement, Mr Singh emerged as the consensus frontrunner in the BJP presidential poll battle. Mr Gadkari opted out of the election process on grounds that he had to spend time addressing allegations levelled by the income tax department relating to business deals of the Purti Group of companies.