Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Tuesday once again backed his colleague Shakeel Ahmed who had accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh of communal politics.
"If Shakeel Ahmed has said something, he must have weighed it before saying it," Digvijay Singh told reporters here.
Party General Secretary Ahmed's tweet on Sunday alleging that the banned terror outfit "Indian Mujahideen was formed after the 2002 Gujarat riots" stirred a political storm with the BJP reacting sharply to it.<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote"><p>Indian Mujahideen was formed after Gujrat riots,says NIA in its charge sheet.Even now BJP&RSS will not desist from their communal politics?</p>— Shakeel Ahmad (@Ahmad_Shakeel) <a href="https://twitter.com/Ahmad_Shakeel/statuses/358795299147366401">July 21, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
In a fresh tweet on Tuesday, Ahmed said that his comment was based on the National Investigation Agency report which was quoted in the media.<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote"><p>No sane person can justify terror acts of IM or any other outfit.I simply mentioned NIA's version in its charge sheet highlighted by media.</p>— Shakeel Ahmad (@Ahmad_Shakeel) <a href="https://twitter.com/Ahmad_Shakeel/statuses/359156258084884481">July 22, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Digvijay Singh said, "I have not seen the report. He must have seen the report, that is why he said what he said".
Asked about BJP's attack on the Congress over the issue, Digvijay Singh said: "The BJP stance has always been different from ours. We cannot have the same stance".
Earlier, putting his weight behind Ahmed Monday, Digvijaya Singh had said: "Religious fundamentalism is at the root of terrorism".