Home Minister gives in to opposition demand, says he regrets ‘saffron terror’ remark
New Delhi/February 20
Union Home Minister, Sushilkumar Shinde today gave in to BJP’s demand of apology on his ‘saffron terror’ remark and said that he had no intention to link terror to any religion.
In a statement issued by Home minister, Shinde said, “My statement given in Jaipur last month has created a misunderstanding. It has been understood to mean that I was linking terrorism to a particular religion and was accusing certain political organisations of being involved in organising terror camps. I had no intention to link terror to any religion. There is no basis for suggesting that terror can be linked to organisations mentioned.”
Shinder further stated that since controversy has been created on account of my statement, “I am issuing this clarification and expressing regret to those who felt hurt by my statement.”
Shinde was under fire from main opposition party, BJP and BJP leaders had demanded apology from Home minister. BJP president, Rajnath Singh today questioned the Home Minister’s intentions in making such a provocative statement while addressing a rally at Parliament Street. Singh had alleged that Shinde’s comment is part of a conspiracy to divide the nation for vote bank politics.