Rahul termed Hindus bigger threat than LeT, claims BJP: Top 10 developments

Rahul GandhiThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday said that Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi should apologise for defaming Hindus “globally” and cited a telegram sourced from Wikileaks to back its demand. The fresh war of words between BJP and Congress on the term “saffron terror” broke out after a Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Hyderabad acquitted right-wing activist Swami Aseemanand and four others in the 2007 Mecca Masjid bomb blast case on Monday. “If Congress considers India to be its own, then Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi must apologise to the whole country for defaming the great Hindu religion by trying to prove that there was something called saffron terror,” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said at a press conference. He showed a telegram sourced from Wikileaks quoting a conversation during the former Congress-led UPA government between former US ambassador and Rahul Gandhi. According to the transcript of the conversation, Rahul Gandhi said saffron terror was a bigger threat than the Lashkar-e-Taiba. “This shows the mindset of Rahul Gandhi towards Hindus. His party has always take Hindus for granted,” Patra said. Sambit Patra said on Monday that people would teach the Congress a lesson in the Karnataka Assembly polls as they had in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections when it was reduced to 44 seats. “For its appeasement politics, the Congress targeted and defamed Hindus and the country for merely some votes. That conspiracy has been exposed. The Congress has been exposed like never before,” he had said after the verdict came in. A massive blast had ripped through the Mecca Masjid on May 8, 2007, during Friday prayers, killing nine people and wounding 58. The case was initially probed by the local police before being transferred to the CBI, and finally to the country’s premier anti-terror investigation agency NIA in 2011. Here are the top 10 developments on BJP slamming Congress after Mecca case verdict: 1. Congress has long ‘defamed’ Hindus for votes, says BJP: Soon after an anti-terror court in Hyderabad acquitted Swami Assemanand and four others in the 2007 blast case, the BJP alleged that the Congress has long “defamed” Hindus for votes and demanded that Rahul and his predecessor Sonia Gandhi apologise for their party leaders using in the past terms like “saffron terror” and “Hindu terror.” 2. Rahul had termed Hindus as a bigger threat than LeT, says BJP: Referring to a telegram sourced from Wikileaks, Patra said that during the UPA regime the Congress party president Rahul Gandhi, in a conversation with then US Ambassador Tim Roemer, had labeled Hindu community as a bigger threat than the Lashkar-e-Taiba. “We have the full telegram sent in 2009 by the then US Ambassador Tim Roemer to the US State Department. One the first page is written ‘reaching out to Rahul Gandhi and other young parliamentarians. In the telegram it’s written that Rahul ji told US envoy ‘there was some support for the LeT in certain elements in India’s Muslim community, but the bigger threat may be of the rise of radical homegrown Hindu groups which create tension,” BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra said at a press conference. “This is the position of the Congress. Rahul Gandhi needs to answer all these questions. We demand that he should seek apology for what he told the US Ambassador against the Hindus. He can’t just say that it was a passing statement and nothing to do with the party,” Patra said. 3. ‘Congress coined the term saffron terror’: BJP on Tuesday again criticised the Congress for allegedly coining the term “saffron terror” to defame the Hindus and sought an apology from its leadership, even though the opposition party had on Monday denied the charge. “(Congress leaders) Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi should apologise to the Hindu community for defaming them globally and taking the Hindus for granted.
Source: Business Standard