New Delhi, Jan 24: The BJP is set to hold nationwide protests from Thursday against Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde for his recent "Hindu terror" remarks. Newly elected party president Rajnath Singh announced about the protest plan on Wednesday. Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj will lead the protest in Delhi.
Singh, while addressing party workers here, said, Shinde's remarks proved that the government was not serious in fighting terrorism. He accused the Congress of poisoning the atmosphere by making communal statements just to gain votes. He said the party would stage countrywide protests condemning Shinde's comments.
On Sunday, the Union Home Minister, while speaking at an AICC session here, had accused the BJP and RSS of holding terror training camps and promoting "Hindu terrorism" in the country. The statement sparked a huge controversy and saffron parties sought an apology from Congress president Sonia Gandhi and also sacking of Shinde.
Shinde said while they were trying to maintain peace in the country and also ensure justice for minorities and stop infiltration, reports that RSS and BJP were conducting camps to encourage Hindu terrorism reached them. He said the government was keeping a vigil on the matter.
The minister said the involvement of right-wing extremist groups was suspected in the explosions that occurred in Samjhauta Express, Mecca Masjid and Malegaon over the past few years.