Apparently distancing itself from the Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur episode, the Hindu Mahasabha has said it does not support terrorism by anyone and accused the BJP of "encashing" on Hindu sentiments by coming out in support of the Malegaon blast accused.
"The BJP is encashing on religious sentiments of Hindus again for their politics. Earlier they had encashed on the Ram janmabhoomi issue and this time it wants to encash on Malegaon and sentiments about arrest of Hindu religious leaders," said Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha (ABHM) spokesperson Pravin Sharma.
"We are tired of BJP and Sangh Parivar befooling Hindus over one issue or the other. Now they are seeking funds from people on the pretext of providing legal aid to the Malegaon blast accused. We strictly condemn the act and the accused involved in the act," he said.
Maintaining that ABHM is not supportive of the Malegaon blast and other acts of terrorism, he termed BJP as "an opportunist political party playing politics over terrorism".
"Please ask the BJP, VHP, Bajrang Dal, RSS and Abhinav Bharat as to what contribution they have made for Hindus and Hindutva so far," the ABHM, which is contesting in some assembly seats in Delhi and Rajasthan, said.
On the other hand, national president of ABHM, Chandra Prasad Kaushik, alleged the BJP was working to pit Hindus and Muslims against each other over "irrelevant terrorism issue" so that L K Advani can become the prime minister.
Reacting to the ABHM's allegations, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said "what is the use, what is the political significance? Had these charges been made by the Congress we would have reacted."