BJP demands PM`s statement on Rahul`s remarks

A day after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi`s remarks against radicalised Hindu groups hit the headlines, BJP demanded a statement from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the utterances by the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family.

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2010, 20:18 PM IST

Kolkata: A day after Congress leader Rahul
Gandhi`s remarks against radicalised Hindu groups hit the
headlines, BJP on Sunday demanded a statement from Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh on the utterances by the scion of the
Nehru-Gandhi family.

BJP General Secretary Vinay Katiyar alleged Rahul
Gandhi`s remarks "betrayed his lack of knowledge of Indian
culture."

"Hindus cannot be terrorists. They have always practised
tolerance and harmony", he said.

Alleging Congress was responsible for rise of terrorism
in Kashmir as also of the activities of Maoists and ULFA,
Katiyar said "Rahul should know that during Rajiv Gandhi`s
prime ministership, there were LTTE training camps at eight
places in India."

"I ask Rahul Gandhi, his mother (Sonia Gandhi) and
Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) why were 7,000 Sikhs killed
in 1984? Congress is a terrorist party and has no right to
be in politics. It should be banned," Katiyar told a press
conference here.

A Wikileaks cable released yesterday claimed Gandhi
had told US Ambassador Timothy Roemer that radical Hindu
groups could pose a `bigger threat` to India than terror group
LeT.

Katiyar demanded a statement from the Prime Minister
on Rahul Gandhi`s remarks.

Strongly condemning the remarks by Rahul, Katiyar
charged "it will give a leverage to the LeT and the ISI. It is
intended to save Afzal Guru (from capital punishment) and to
have Ajmal Kasab released (from jail)."

PTI