A day after 2007 Mecca Masjid Blast verdict, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday cornered Congress President Rahul Gandhi on ‘Hindu terror politics’. Addressing a press conference, BJP spokesperson Dr Sambit Patra presented a classified document, 2009 Wikileaks cable exposing Rahul Gandhi for his mention of the term ‘saffron terror’. He also demanded him and Sonia Gandhi to apologise for defaming Hindus.
“We came to know of some things today. Congress party said ‘show us audio / video proof of saffron terror mentioned by Rahul or any congress leader.’ We accept this challenge. We will present evidence of that,” said Sambit Patra.
“The 1st evidence pertains to Rahul Gandhi. This shows his anti-Hindu sentiments. Today, BJP presents the Wikileaks cable dated August 3, 2009 sent by US envoy Timothy Roemer to the US state department,” he added.
The BJP alleged that while speaking to the US envoy, Rahul said that the bigger threat than the terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba’s (Let) is the rise of radicalised Hindu groups.
“In a candid conversation with Roemer, Rahul described his focus on upcoming elections. In para 5c, The envoy asked Rahul on LeT. Rahul Gandhi said the bigger threat was the rise of radicalised Hindu groups and this came a year after 26/11 attack,” alleged Dr Sambit Patra.
“The LeT that Rahul sees as lesser threat was founded by Hafiz Saeed with Osama Bin Laden's money. LeT has attacked military and civilian locations across the country. In many nations, LeT is banned. Rahul was providing them cover fire. He has to explain,”he added.
Dr Sambit Patra also challenged former Finance Minister P Chidambaram to do a presser and clarify that who actually coined the term ‘Hindu terror’.
“Shivraj Patil said he didn't coin saffron terror. He said ‘go ask Chidambaram’. Sushil Kumar Shinde says ‘go ask Chidambaram’. If all answers are with Chidambaram, why doesn't he do a presser. We challenge him. Rahul and Chidambaram should come out and speak,” said the Patra.
He further said that Rahul Gandhi can not take Hindus for granted and he and Sonia Gandhi have to apologise for defaming Hindus.
“Rahul can't take Hindus for granted. Sonia and Rahul, we reiterate, both of you have to apologise to Hindus for defaming them,” he said.