VHP Slams Cong Over Shinde's Hindu Terror Remark

Stung by Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's "Hindu terror" remark, VHP today charged Congress with using its power to implicate Hindus in terror cases and appease its Muslim vote-bank.

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad also urged the Supreme Court to take suo motu notice of the "obvious violation of constitutional rights" of the majority community.

"The Home Minister's statement is tantamount to insult of 100 crore Hindus inhabiting the country. The Congress party has always been anti-Hindu. Now, it appears to be using its power to implicate Hindus in terror cases and, thereby, appease its Muslim vote-bank," VHP International Working President Pravin Togadia said in a statement here.

He said, "The statement made by the Home Minister, while occupying a position of power, may influence investigations into terror cases and deprive Hindus arrested for such charges of a free and fair trial. Why should the Supreme Court not take suo motu notice of this obvious violation of constitutional right of Hindus?"

Shinde had earlier this week accused BJP and RSS of promoting "Hindu terrorism", drawing flak from the opposition party which has demanded his expulsion from the government even as his colleagues in Congress and the Union cabinet have defended his statement saying it was "based on facts".

The firebrand VHP leader asked as to why Congress should not be accused of "promoting Islamic terror" in view of the fact that actor Sanjay Dutt, who has been convicted in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, "is the brother of a Congress MP" and had even campaigned for the party during the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections last year.

"In many other cases involving Islamic terror groups, people associated with Congress and Samajwadi Party have been arrested. Using the Home Minister's yardstick, should we not then accuse these parties of promoting Islamic terror?" he asked.

Togadia also claimed that "governments in a number of states were purposely trying to implicate Hindus in terror cases" and "a list of such cases, which state governments have referred to the National Investigating Agency, would soon be made public by us".

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