Ban RSS, BJP If We're Terrorists: Rajnath Dares Shinde
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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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Sep 23, 2014
09:29 AM

" While talking to The Indian Express (New Delhi, August 24, 1914) you described yourself as a “Swayamsewak of the RSS”. 


That makes Rajnath Singhji at least 120 years old.

Visakhapatnam, India
Sep 23, 2014
07:17 AM

Which side are you, Mr Rajnath Singh?: An open letter to the Union Home Minister

By Shamsul Islam

Rajnath Singhji,

While talking to The Indian Express (New Delhi, August 24, 1914) you described yourself as a “Swayamsewak of the RSS”. As the Home Minister of the country you must have taken oath to uphold the Indian Constitution which is based on the principles of democracy, secularism, federalism, socialism and justice. However, there is going to be a serious conflict of interests between the above-mentioned fundamental principles of the Indian polity and your membership of the RSS. As a member of the RSS you must be well aware that the RSS hates and denigrates all the above-mentioned fundamental principles of democratic-secular India. I am quoting below directly from the RSS documents to show you how the RSS denigrates the National Flag, Democracy, Federalism, Secular State, Social Equality. As a senior Swayamsewak you must be aware of the fact that the first Home Minister of the country, Sardar Patel, held the RSS responsible for creating a situation wherein Gandhiji was killed. Democratic-Secular India is not compatible with the world-view of the RSS. Kindly respond to the following critical issues so that we, the citizens of India, come to know which side of the divide you stand.

Anwaar, Dallas
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
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