PC's 'saffron terror' remark rocks Rajya Sabha

Written by: Samyuktha
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New Delhi, Aug 27: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram's remark on "saffron terror" at the conference of Directors General and Inspectors General of Police, stirred up a storm in the Rajya Sabha on Friday, Aug 27.

While Shiv Sena brought up the topic as soon as the house met, the party's arguments found support from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“There cannot be Bhagwa (saffron) terrorism," said Sena's Manohar Joshi.

To his demand that the home minister should give names of people connected with terror when making such statements, the BJP stepped in support by shouting slogans.

Amid the din, Lok Janshakti Party leader Ram Vilas Paswan made a reference to RSS" association with terror, prompting BJP members to rush into the well.

“RSS ka apman nahi chalega (insult to RSS will not be tolerated)," the BJP members shouted.

Unable to contain the ruckus, Chairman Hamid Ansari adjourned the house for 15 minutes.

When the house assembled against, senior BJP leader, Arun Jailtey said that the Home Minister's statement was legitimate in the wake of the trouble in Punjab, Naxal violence, Kashmir and other regions.

However, he said that these forms of terrorism were never associated with any community or religion and slammed him for raising the issue of 'phenomenon of saffron terror' instead of coming up with ways to tackle Maoist violence and the Kashmir problem.

“He is trying to fight imaginary (saffron) terrorism," he said.

He also advised Mr Chidambaram to desist from linking communities with terrorism.

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