Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Congress General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed, who has been facing flak from the BJP and the RSS for his remark that 2002 Gujarat riots led to the formation of Indian Mujahideen (IM), on Tuesday hit back and said that the main opposition party is unnecessarily blowing the issue.
In response to the BJP’s verbal attack on him, Ahmed tweeted, “By dramatised hue & cry BJP spokespersons are trying to make it my statement simply to divert the nation`s attention from NIA`s observations.”
The Congress leader even adviced the BJP leaders to look into the chargesheet submitted by the CBI in connection with the 20012 Godhra riots in Gujarat.
“Surprised by the hype in media on my tweet of 21st July regarding NIA`s charge sheet. This news was there in Indian Express & ET on 20th July” he further tweeted.
Ahmed courted controversy over his tweet that it was the 2002 Gujarat riots that led to creation of terror outfit IM and said that none should justify the "murders" or "help the enemies of the nation".
"Indian Mujahideen was formed after Gujarat riots, says NIA in its chargesheet. Even now BJP and RSS will not desist from their communal politics? This (2002 riots) was the reason behind creation of Indian Mujahideen. If they foresake their communal politics, outfits like IM will cease to exist," Ahmed said on microblogging site Twitter.
"So the communal politics of BJP has led to a chain reaction. They should give up such politics," Ahmed said.
Reacting to it senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said, "It is a stupid argument. Pakistan had been funding these outfits so please desist from helping enemies of the country.... Too much of tweeting will lead to quitting."
With Agency inputs