Row over Shakeel Ahmed`s IM comments continues

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 20:04

New Delhi: The row over Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed`s comments linking birth of Indian Mujahideen to 2002 Gujarat riots refused to die down with BJP on Tuesday slamming it as a bid to "use terror" for votes and questioned if Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh endorsed these views.

Ahmed, however, got backing from Minority Affairs Minister Rehman Khan and Congress leader Digvijay Singh even as he met party chief Sonia Gandhi in the wake of controversy.

Ahmed, who is believed to have explained his position to Gandhi, accused BJP of diverting the nation`s attention from NIA`s "observations" on the creation of IM.
"By dramatised hue & cry, BJP spokespersons are trying to make it my statement simply to divert the nation`s attention from NIA`s observations," he wrote on Twitter.

His remarks have not gone down well in the party, which distanced itself from the same yesterday.

Slamming the comments, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain told reporters here that "the Congress wants to muster votes even in the name of terrorism... Congress leaders are eulogising terrorism."

Hussain`s colleague Rajiv Pratap Rudy said the Congress was trying to "legitimise" Indian Mujahideen and terrorism.

"At a time when the country is fighting terrorism, Congress is trying to support terrorism," he said.

"We will like to have comment from Rahul Gandhi or the Prime Minister as to whether they support the views of Shakeel Ahmed," he said.

While the attack continued, Ahmed got support from the Minority Affairs Minister who said he had quoted from NIA chargesheet.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 20:04

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