After Wikileaks blushes, Cong to strike middle path on terror

Apparently embarrassed over the WikiLeaks controversy involving Rahul Gandhi`s remarks on "radicalised Hindu groups", Congress is likely to strike the middle path on the issue of terror at its Plenary beginning Sunday.

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2010, 00:00 AM IST

New Delhi: Apparently embarrassed over
the WikiLeaks controversy involving Rahul Gandhi`s remarks on
"radicalised Hindu groups", Congress is likely to strike the
middle path on the issue of terror at its Plenary beginning
Sunday.

The party in its political resolution will emphasise
that terror has no colour or religion, party sources said.

Drafts of all the four resolutions for the Plenary on
political, economic, international affairs and 125 years of
the party have been finalised by the Draft Committee chaired
by Pranab Mukherjee and they will be adopted by Sonia Gandhi
led Subjects Committee in its meeting on Saturday.

An indication of the party`s stand on the issue of
terror was evident with Rahul Gandhi himself clarifying that
"terrorism and communalism of all types are a threat to India.

We need to remain vigilant against acts of terrorism of all
kinds no matter who commits them."

The statement released on his behalf by AICC general
secretary Janardan Dwivedi came after Rahul`s remarks in
leaked US diplomatic cables drew a sharp response from BJP and
RSS.

According to the leaked cable, Rahul had told US
Ambassador Timothy Roemer that growth of "radicalised Hindu
groups" which create religious tensions in India could pose a
bigger threat to the country than activities of groups like
Lashkar-e-Taiba.

The statement was also the first acknowledgement from
the Congress that Gandhi had indeed talked to Roemer on the
issue.

The initial reaction of the Congress on the issue was
one of dilemma with party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi
saying, "We will respond to it after verifying the facts.

There is no reason to react in an excited manner. The issue
should first be looked into and verified".

Party spokesperson Manish Tewari while accusing the
BJP of "communalising and politicising each issue" said,
"It has been the Congress belief that terrorism has no
religion."

A senior party leader speaking on condition of
anonymity said that Congress stand on the issue of terror has
always been well-known that it does not believe that terrorism
is linked to any religion. He said that Rahul Gandhi is also
saying the same thing.

Asked about Rahul`s comments in the cable, the
Congress leader pointed out that there could be difference
between what was actually said and what was reported because a
fair amount of interpretation and analysis goes into the
making of any report which a diplomat sends to his country.

Ruling out any attempt to verify the leak, the leader
said the party does not attach that much importance to
WikiLeaks cable as "every diplomat in every country" sends
such reports regularly to the home country.

"If everything is commented upon it will lead to a
chaos," he said, adding the matter is a closed chapter for the
party now.

PTI