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Congress is hurting national sentiments: Sushma Swaraj

IANS  New Delhi, January 24, 2013
First Published: 14:36 IST(24/1/2013) | Last Updated: 14:38 IST(24/1/2013)

Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde should be removed for his comment on "Hindu terror" that had hurt national interests, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj said Thursday.

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Asking Shinde to not cross his limits, Sushma Swaraj said politics can be practised to the extent that it benefits the Congress or even harms the BJP but "should not be taken to a level where national interest is affected".

The leader of opposition in Lok Sabha, who was addressing a protest rally at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, added that the party wanted an apology from Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

"Sonia Gandhi should apologise to the nation and sack Shinde," she said.

"You have hurt national interest at a time when Pakistan is coming and beheading our soldiers. You are not attacking Pakistan but attacking the main opposition party," she said about the home minister.

"What do you want to tell the world? There might be terror camps in Pakistan, but here the main opposition party runs a terror camp! Do you want to say, terrorists are sitting in Parliament? The leader of opposition in Lok Sabha is heading a terror organisation?" she asked.

Shinde had said in Jaipur during the Congress's Chintan Shivir Sunday: "Whether it is BJP or RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh), their training camps are promoting Hindu terrorism."

The opposition party was Thursday holding nationwide protests against Shinde's comments.

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