Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: In what is likely to further intensify an ongoing war of words between the Congress and the BJP, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Tuesday linked the rise of terrorism and communalism in the country to veteran saffron leader LK Advani`s famous Ayodhya Yatra in the late 1980s.
Digvijay Singh`s caustic remark came at a time the two main political parties are engaged in a tussle over Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed’s remarks linking 2002 Gujarat riots with birth of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen.
Defending Shakeel Ahmed, Singh said that "ever since Advani`s yatra the body politic communalised and terror activities have risen after that".
"I am not aware if there is something called Indian Mujahideen (IM). Perhaps the media knows better," Singh said.
"Events have proved acts of terror not being committed by only one community. Unfortunately, the BJP would want the world to believe only one community is indulging in terror," he said attacking the principal opposition party.
The Congress leader, however, said terrorism could not be justified irrespective of the community involved in it.
"There is no rationale or justification for terrorism. It has to be condemned whether it is majority or minority communalism," he stated.
Jumping to Ahmad’s defence, Singh said, "Shakeel Ahmad`s observations have been misconstrued. I don`t think party will censure or ask him to withdraw."
Meanwhile, Ahmad also reiterated that his tweet was misinterpreted and that it was not his own observation but that of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which has been probing various terror attack cases in the country.
With Agency inputs