Ban RSS, BJP If We're Terrorists: Rajnath Dares Shinde

In a scathing attack on Sushilkumar Shinde over his "Hindu terror" remarks, BJP president Rajnath Singh has said the Home Minister had hurt India’s image by his comments and dared him to ban the RSS and BJP and arrest all their leaders if there was any evidence against these organisations.

Questioning the silence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi over the remarks, the BJP chief made it clear that his party will continue its "oust-Shinde" campaign even in the Budget Session of Parliament expected to begin in the third week of next month.

"If, as Home Minister, you think that the RSS and BJP are churning out terrorists, then we have also attended such training camps. Are we also terrorists? Do you consider us terrorists? Then put us also in jail," Singh told PTI in an interview while reacting sharply to Shinde’s comments.

In a poser to the Home Minister, the BJP leader said, "If you consider the RSS and BJP to be terrorist organizations, why don’t you ban them? If you have evidence against them, why don’t you reveal that evidence?"

At the Congress Chintan Shivir in Jaipur recently, Shinde had accused the RSS and BJP of promoting terrorists at their training camps.

Singh alleged that Shinde had made the comments because of vote-bank politics.

Asked about Home Secretary R K Singh citing certain names in connection with the bombings in support of "Hindu terror" remarks of Shinde, Singh said the RSS is a big organization and someone may have sometimes attended a camp.

 "That doesn’t mean the entire organization is a terrorist organization. It is possible that such a person may have been associated in the past with the Congress also. The law should take its course against those held guilty. But the whole organization should not be held responsible for isolated acts of a few. Even in a family when someone commits a crime, you don’t call the entire family criminal," the BJP chief said.

Noting that Jamaat-ud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed had utilized Shinde’s remarks to target India, he said it was unfortunate that the comments of Indian Home Minister is being supported by the head of a terrorist organization in Pakistan and the Government is maintaining silence.

"Hafiz Saeed, who heads the JUD, has tried to tell the whole world that India is a terrorist state. Hasn’t India’s image suffered a setback at the international level?" Rajnath Singh said as he termed the "silence" of the Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi as "unfortunate".

"We have asked the PM to express regret over Shinde’s statement and withdraw it. He and Sonia Gandhi have maintained silence. If the PM cannot speak up when the reputation of the country is on the line, then when will he speak? And if Congress President doesn’t react to an issue concerning India’s image, then when will she react?” Rajnath Singh asked.

He said agencies of the whole world are saying that LeT and other terrorist organizations were behind the Mecca Masjid and Ajmer blasts but the Indian Home Minister is saying that the RSS and BJP are behind these.

"Home Minister’s statement which has dimmed India’s global reputation has been made solely with vote bank politics in mind. The Congress is not concerned if such remarks dent country’s reputation and its image globally. They are concerned with only one thing – somehow they should retain power. They are playing vote bank politics," he said.

Contending that the remarks reflected Congress’ "desperation", the BJP chief said politics should not be played just because they want their government to be formed again as the actual role of a political party is nation building.

Asked what options the BJP had on the issue, Singh said the party would raise the matter prominently both outside and inside Parliament during the forthcoming session.

"We don’t want to disrupt parliamentary proceedings. But we will confront the Government on this issue of national pride, and corruption. The responsibility of running Parliament smoothly lies with the ruling party. The opposition parties, acting as watchdogs on the Government, expect that the questions they raise related to country’s reputation are answered satisfactorily," he said.

Accusing the Home Minister of undermining national pride with his remarks, Singh said, "It is very unfortunate. What will happen if our PM and ruling party chairperson do not speak on issues concerning national pride."

Singh said not just the Hindus but nationalist Muslims had also criticised Shinde’s remarks.

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Jan 29, 2013
10:23 AM

"There is as much reason to ban RSS as to ban SIMI."

And so much more to ban CAIR!!

Kiran Bagachi, mumbai
Jan 29, 2013
02:40 AM

A very clever proposition. parivar is a hydra headed orgamisation. Hundreds of organisations. whenever one of them has been banned, ppl have shifted to other organisations and continued working. No one even knows how many organisations are there.

kishoredasmunshi, Kolkatta
Jan 28, 2013
05:48 PM

Even if GOI doesn't ban RSS and its offshoots, their divisive ideology Hindutva, a kind of hate ridden racist-nationalism popped up from glorification of Brahmanism, will never ever find its place in the minds of fair-minded persons in India.

We should isolate those who work aiming at elimination of other faiths in India. Hindutva/Brahmanawad forces are at the forefront to demonize our Muslim brothers taking side with colonial racist forces in the west and Israel. Now all these evil forces are getting sidelined by fair-minded people across the globe.

E.V.R.Naiker, Chennai
Jan 28, 2013
07:55 AM

>> The speeches of the Sangh leaders are poisonous. It is as a result of this venom that Mahatma Gandhi has been assassinated.

I don't know what the speeches were, but in those surcharged times, I wouldn't be surprised, if extremely stupid and dangerous things were said. Remember, we are talking about times, when 10-12 million people migrated (mostly under extremely difficult circumstances, against their wishes, seeing their homes and businesses taken over or destroyed by neighbors and associates, and often, seeing their loved ones raped and killed, and around a million died.

If poisonous speeches are adequate reasons to ban organizations under such circumstances, what about MIMs, with whom making such speeches during peaceful times, and with which incidentally, Congress is still sharing power?

>> The followers of the Sangh have celebrated Gandhiji's assassination by distributing sweets

Followers of Sangh celebrating it doesn't mean Sangh celebrated, or even endorsed it. Lot of Sikhs celebrated Indira's assassination. They are not guilty of the murder, and can't be banned/jailed just because they celebrated the actions of the killers.

Lot of people distribute sweets in parts of Delhi after Pakis beat India in a game. Lot of Muslims of J&K, not satisfied with driving away their Hindu neighbors, celebrate if bomb blasts target India. They celebrated when terrorists were released. Should they, or these organizations be banned?

Truth is that no evidence was found against RSS for the murder. But the jehadis, looking to ISI for moral, religious and financial support, shall continue to peddle these lies.

And BTW, noted Gandhian and recipient of the highest civilian award in India, Bharat Ratna, Dr. Bhagwan Das commended the role of the "high-spirited and self-sacrificing boys" of the RSS in protecting the newly formed Republic of India, from a planned coup to topple the Jawaharlal Nehru Administration in Delhi.

And let's not forget that it was RSS that led the movement of liberation of Dadra, Nagar Haveli and Goa from Portugese colonization, while Nehru was sitting on his ass, lost in Edwina's thoughts. So much for those who claim that Hindutva leaders never participated in independence movement.

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
Jan 28, 2013
07:20 AM

Home Minister Sardar Patel diid hold RSS indirectly responsible for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. On August 18, 1948, in a letter addressed to Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, Sardar Patel wrote: "As regards the RSS and the Hindu Mahasabha, the case relating to Gandhiji's murder is sub-judice and I should not like to say anything about the participation of the two organisations, but our reports do confirm that as a result of the activities of these two bodies, particularly the former, an atmosphere was created in the country in which such a ghastly tragedy became possible. There is no doubt in my mind the extreme section of the Hindu Mahasbha was involved in this conspiracy. The activities of the RSS constituted a clear threat to the existence of the government and the state."

Patel had this to say to Golwalkar, the then RSS Chief, in a letter: "The speeches of the Sangh leaders are poisonous. It is as a result of this venom that Mahatma Gandhi has been assassinated. The followers of the Sangh have celebrated Gandhiji's assassination by distributing sweets."

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