Anticipating attack when the Parliament session starts Monday, BJP Friday upped the ante against Congress by accusing it of coining terms like “Hindu terror” for the sake of vote bank politics. Congress hit back, alleging that the BJP-led government had pressured NIA into weakening the probe into Malegaon and Best Bakery cases, among others.
BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said, “court proceedings are on but some things are apparent from facts that have emerged out of statements of probe officers…much before any chargesheet was filed, the term ‘Hindu terror’ had already been coined by UPA. Rahul Gandhi told American officials that ‘Hindu terror’ is most worrying. Digvijaya Singh released a book ‘26/11 an RSS conspiracy’. These were not conclusions of probe but their political eagerness for vote bank politics.”
Trivedi also referred to media reports claiming that terror links of Ishrat Jahan who was killed in an encounter in Gujarat were revealed by David Headley in 2010, but never made public.
“I want to ask Congress — was the then PM or UPA chairperson informed when then home minister changed the affidavit on Ishrat Jahan (case)? Under what circumstances did the government then permit senior Congress leaders to speak to probe officials, because in many of their statements they claimed to have spoken to officials,” he asked.
Trivedi added: “It is deplorable that in this age of global terror, when India is among the worst-affected nations, Congress coined the term ‘saffron terror’ and linked an entire community and a portion of the flag to terror. They should apologise”.
Replying to a question on the Uttarakhand situation, he said Congress should “look inwards” instead of making accusations against the BJP. “Why did Kalikho Pul in Arunachal Pradesh, who was with them for 21 years, leave the party? Why did a former CM and a former leader of opposition leave Congress in Uttarakhand. Was BJP to blame for the exit of people like Arjun Singh, Sharad Pawar, Babu Jagjivan Ram and Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy?”
Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar referred to a statement of the special public prosecutor in Malegaon case, in which she said she was asked to “go easy” on the case. “The continuous compromise of NIA in all sensitive terror-related cases, be it the Best Bakery case or Malegaon blast case, would lead the country to a disastrous situation. So, all terror- related probes should be monitored by Supreme Court,” he said. Kumar also demanded removal of NIA director Sharad Kumar.