Congress Rebuts Rajnath Singh’s ‘Hindu Terror’ Argument

Congress hits back at the BJP demanding that Rajnath Singh’s “Hindu terror” comment to be expunged. 

Updated31 Jul 2015, 10:45 AM IST
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On Friday morning, Home Minister Rajnath Singh made a statement in the Parliament about the Gurdaspur attack. During his speech he said that the previous UPA government had weakened India’s stand on terrorism while coining the term Hindu terror. He said that terror had no religion or caste.

Hitting back at Singh, the Congress charged him with dividing the Parliament by making a political speech on terror. Leader of Congress Mallikarjun Kharge accused the government of “doing politics” over terrorism and asserted that his party will not tolerate it.

He urged Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai to expunge Singh’s comments which he had made after his statement on the Gurudaspur terror attack. The demand was turned down by the Chair.

Kharge was supported by TMC’s Saugata Roy who wondered why Singh “went into a rampaging speech” after the entire House listened to him in rapt attention on the terror strike.

We all welcomed, clapped (Singh’s statement), because the country is one and there is no compromise on terrorism and unity and integrity of the country.
– Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress leader

Kharge refuted Singh’s charge that the Congress was making it appear that the Parliament was divided on terrorism. He then went on to attack Singh over his suo motu comments.

Just to divide this House and to blame the Congress, he said what China did... Was it necessary? He did it just to defame the previous governments. This is not a political statement. You are doing politics. We won’t tolerate that. It should be expunged.
Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress leader

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy said the Home Minister only pointed out the “flawed policies in the past”. Singh was not present in the Lok Sabha when Kharge spoke after the House met in the afternoon.

Turning down the opposition for the remarks to be expunged, the Deputy Speaker said the Speaker had presided over the House when Singh had spoken and later cited past precedents to make his point.

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Published: 31 Jul 2015, 10:36 AM IST
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