Amit Shah demands apology from Congress over Mecca Masjid blast case

Clay Curtis
April 19, 2018

BJP national president Amit Shah has accused AICC president Rahul Gandhi of defaming Hindus and India by using the term "Hindu terror" and "saffron terror" in the aftermath of Mecca Masjid blast case.

On being asked about the implementation of laws in villages by school students in Amethi, the Congress president had said that they should ask the same to the Prime Minister instead. He took to Twitter to take a poetic dig at the Prime Minister and also spoke to reporters here, alleging that Modi has assured "acchhe din" for fugitive jewellers Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, leaving the poor of the country high and dry. Shah said the Congress had linked Hinduism with terror to further its appeasement politics.

"Congress leaders, including P. Chidambaram, Sushil Kumar Shinde and Digvijay Singh carried out "Hindu Terror" campaigns and tried to defame Hindus both within, and outside the country in order to appease a section of society", Mr Shah said. "If they wish to attack Rahul Gandhi based on Wikileaks (reports), they should first seek reply from their own Minister", he added.

A National Investigation Agency (NIA) Court in Nampally acquitted five of the eight Hindu activists accused of the May 18, 2007 bomb blast which killed nine persons and injured over 50 at the historic Mecca Mosque in Hyderabad during Friday prayers. Addressing a rally on Tuesday, Rahul said, "They can take away the food park, the IIIT or the paper mill, but they won't be able to stop us". Mr Gandhi had made this remark to the U.S. envoy almost a year after LeT had carried out the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.

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Later in a tweet, Rahul attacked the Modi government.

Admitting that it was important for the BJP to win in the state polls to keep the momentum in the run-up to the 2019 general elections, Shah said the party was in power at the Centre and 21 states across the country.

"Make Rahul apologise or convey the message that the people of the state would not forgive him", Shah said.

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