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BJP 'seriously thinking about' boycotting Shinde

PTI  New Delhi, February 06, 2013
First Published: 07:43 IST(6/2/2013) | Last Updated: 08:02 IST(6/2/2013)

Alleging that home minister Sushilkumar Shinde's Hindu terror remarks were a ploy to deflect attention from the failures of the government, BJP on Wednesday said that Congress will have to "bear the consequences" of this "insult" inside and outside Parliament.


The party said it will bring this issue up in Parliament in the forthcoming Budget Session. One of the proposals BJP is "seriously thinking about" of making is of boycotting Shinde .

BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi told reporters in New Delhi that Shinde had insulted "the nation, its tradition and its culture" by alleging that RSS and BJP were involved in training terrorists. He maintained that Shinde's remarks had benefited Pakistan-based terror groups like JuD and LeT.

"What was the need for Shinde to make these remarks at the Congress Chintan Shivir (in Jaipur)?...This only means that it was a well-thought out strategy by Congress... This is a ploy to deflect attention from his failure to improve internal security, ensure peace and secure the borders," Joshi said.

The BJP leader cited the resolution of the Committee on Sanctions of the UN Security Council passed in June 2009 that Arif Qasmani, chief coordinator of LeT, had funded the Samjhauta blast and al-Qaeda had provided the manpower.

Joshi said that Pakistan interior minister Rehman Malik had stated in January 2010 that Pakistani terrorists were hired for the blast.

"You (Shinde) have insulted the entire nation and culture and tradition of this nation...Congress will have to answer (these questions) and will have to face the consequences," Joshi said.

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