New Delhi: Differences within the
Congress on the use of the phrase `saffron terror` today
showed no signs of ending with Digvijay Singh saying that he
had objection to the words.
"I have objection to the use of caste, colour and
religion to describe terror," the senior Congress leader told
reporters shortly after Home Minister P Chidambaram maintained
the phrase had brought home the message of right-wing
terror and the purpose had been served.
Singh, who the media had earlier credited with the use
of the phrase first in the Congress, said the word saffron
symbolises valour and has religious connotations and that
terrorism had no colour.
However, he used the word "Hindu fundamentalists"
to describe right wing terror. "Terrorism in the country
arises from fundamentalists among the Hindus and the Muslims,"
Targeting the BJP, the AICC General Secretary
in-charge of Uttar Pradesh said that the opposition party
should not hide behind the word `saffron` and should come
clean on the activities of some its affiliates allegedly
having terror links.
Asked about Chidambaram`s comment that saffron terror
phrase was not his patent, Singh said, "he should come out
with the name of the patent holder".
Noting that Left organisations have been using the
phrase "saffron terror", Singh said, "In India, saffron is
associated with valour and has religious connotations".
Singh, who has been at loggerheads with Chidambaram on
issues like tackling the Naxal menace and the changes in the
Arms Act, however, said that he was "very happy" that the Home
Ministry has taken note of the activities of the "Hindu
Though the Congress distanced itself from the use of
the phrase `saffron terror`, the Home Minister today said,
"These are religious fundamentalist groups. The message ought
not to be lost in phrases and perhaps the use of that phrase
has brought the message home. So, the purpose, in a way, has