Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday launched a direct offensive at Congress president Sonia Gandhi, accusing her of coining the term "Hindu terrorism", which he said later
weakened India's stand on terror, provoking a strong protest by
Congress MPs who wanted the remarks to be expunged from Parliament
"Terrorism has no religion. The term 'Hindu terrorists'
coined by the UPA government has weakened India's stand on terrorism,"
Rajnath said. "Even Hafiz Saeed had praised former Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde for the remarks," he added.
"Neither the country, nor the parliament should look divided on terrorism which is the biggest challenge to the country," Rajnath Singh said while making a statement in the Lok Sabha on the July 27 Gurdaspur terrorist attack.
Home Minister even said that the term 'Hindu terrorists' coined by
erstwhile UPA government has weakened India's stand on terrorism. He
said the government was ready for any discussion in the matter and he
was willing to answer any question. The minister said while on the one
hand security personnel were laying down their lives to counter such
attacks, on the other hand members were creating ruckus while the issue
was being discussed.
The minister's comments came as opposition
parties created a din over the twin issues of the Lalit Modi controversy
and the Vyapam scam in the Lok Sabha. Opposition members had, however,
stopped their protests while the minister was making his statement, but
were back near the speaker's podium as soon as he finished.
statement, Rajnath Singh gave details of the attack and said Punjab
Police made every possible effort during the operation. "Three AK 47
rifles, 19 magazines, two GPS systems and a large amount of ammunition
was recovered from them," he said.
He said preliminary data
recovered from the GPS showed that the terrorists had crossed over from
Pakistan. "The government is committed to deal with terrorists
strongly," he added.