Will disrupt Parliament if Shinde is not sacked: Rajnath Singh
BJP president Rajnath Singh today demanded that home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde be sacked for his "Hindu terror" remark amd sought clarification from Sonia Gandhi. BJP to protests against Shinde's terror remarkdelhi Updated: Jan 24, 2013 14:11 IST
BJP president Rajnath Singh on Thursday demanded that home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde be sacked for his "Hindu terror" remark.
Singh also asked Congress president Sonia Gandhi to explain Shinde's Hindu terror remark.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) held protests at Jantar Mantar on Thursday against Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's "Hindu terror" remarks.
Newly elected party president Rajnath Singh along with leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj spearheaded the protest in the national capital.
"Shinde needs to understand that he is home minister of the country and cannot make such remarks," Singh said on Thursday.
Shinde had accused the BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) of holding terror-training camps and promoting "Hindu terrorism" in the country.
He had made the controversial remark on the final day of the Congress Party's chintan shivir in Jaipur.
The statement immediately invited condemnation from both the BJP and the RSS.
They have demanded Shinde's immediate sacking from the Union cabinet, and apologies from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Meanwhile, Shinde refused to comment on Thursday when asked about the BJP's nationwide protests against his remarks.
The BJP is holding nationwide protests from Thursday against Shinde for his recent "Hindu terror" remarks.
"The recent statement of the home minister shows the government is not serious about fighting terrorism. Just for votebank politics, they are poisoning the atmosphere of the nation with communalism," said Rajnath Singh, while addressing party leaders and workers soon after his election as the BJP's president.
He said the BJP has worked in the past to ensure that the nation remains united.
"If anyone has taken on anti-national policies, it is the RSS and the BJP. We will hold massive countrywide protests against Shinde from tomorrow, and we wholeheartedly condemn his statement," he added.
He emphasised that the BJP has continually worked for the nation's progress and it was needed now more than ever, given the manner in which the country was being dragged down by the Congress-led UPA Government.
The BJP president further blamed the Congress for the economic slowdown and inflation in the country and said politics should not be done just to form the government, but to ensure that people benefit from it.