Saffron terror remark due to oneupmanship game in Cong: BJP
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 02, 2010, 16:14
New Delhi: Arguing that saffron is a source of inspiration and not one of terror, BJP on Thursday said Home Minister P Chidambaram's statement on saffron terror was an outcome of the ongoing game of oneupmanship between senior Congress leaders.

"We urge the Congress that because of inner conflict and gross oneupmanship they must not shame the saffron which represents the civilisation and cultural heritage of India, the spirit of valour and finest values of our freedom struggle," BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

He maintained that Chidambaram should understand that it is the people of India who have "since ages had the patent on saffron".

"Swami Vivekanand exalted the world in Chicago about India wearing saffron. Adi Sankaracharya unified India wearing saffron. Today all saints wear saffron. Saffron only inspires and never terrorise," Prasad said.

"We condemn this oneupmanship in which saffron heritage is becoming a casualty," he added.

Dubbing Chidambaram's comment as unconstitutional, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi stated on his blog that the intention was to incite senior police officers against a particular community.

"This mischief cannot be dismissed as an insignificant event... home minister has indeed stepped outside the boundaries of the Constitution when he made such an irresponsible statement.... the security forces and the police have been provoked to act in a certain way against a certain class of people," Modi said.

He said a 'Flag Samiti' formed by Congress in 1931 had recommended that the colour of the Indian flag should be saffron. The Samiti was headed by Rajendra Prasad and had Jawaharlal Nehru, Maulana Azad and Bhim Rao Ambedkar as its members.

"The politics of votebank and appeasement has destroyed this country. This canard of 'saffron terror' has been spread as part of a devious political votebank and appeasement game. The country can never tolerate such dirty political games. Such insult to our great ancient culture can never be tolerated," Modi said.

The chief minister has said Chidambaram would not have coined the "imaginary and false term" had he realised that he was occupying the chair that was once occupied by Sardar Patel.


First Published: Thursday, September 02, 2010, 16:14

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