BJP today raked up the Samjhauta Express blasts to keep up its attack on Congress over the Ishrat Jahan case, saying the UPA used them to "defame" the Hindu society but "ignored" reports of NIA and IB about Ishrat and "betrayed" the country for political reasons.
"Congress did not trust reports of Indian agencies. It ignored an FBI report too. It behaved like Italian Congress not Indian National Congress. For its selfish purpose, the identity of a terrorist who was deputed by the LeT to kill Narendra Modi was not acknowledged even though LeT itself besides intelligence agencies said so.
"On the other hand, the Congress-led government willfully tried to fix innocents in Samjhauta Express blasts. It was done to defame the Hindu society which stands for universal brotherhood," its national secretary Shrikant Sharma said.
He noted that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had reportedly said that Hindu extremism was a "bigger threat" to India as he hit out at Congress.
Congress had earlier in the day dismissed as "bundle of lies" BJP's charge that Sonia and Rahul Gandhi gave direction to the then Home Minister P Chidambaram in the Ishrat case.
VHP also hit out at Congress accusing the party of framing Hindus in false cases.
NIA had yesterday said there was no proof against Lt Col Prasad Purohit in the Samjhauta blast case.
"The NIA clean chit to Col Purohit has once again unveiled the real anti-national face of Congress. This earlier came out in the Ishrat Jahan case, where a Congress Minister had filed a false affidavit," VHP joint general secretary Surender Jain said.
He charged the party with "releasing real terrorists and framing Hindus in false cases".