While speaking in the middle of a statement in Lok Sabha over the Gurdaspur terror attack that took place Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched a scathing attack on the previous Congres-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) on its policy on terrorism.
“I would like to ask everyone to remember how a new term of Hindu terror was invented to divert the attention a few years back. Even Pakistan applauded them. The term ‘Hindu terrorists’ coined by previous UPA government has weakened India’s stand on terrorism,” he said.
Proclaiming that the entire country must unite on the issue of eradicating terrorism he further added ,”Terrorism is terrorism, it has no religion, no caste. The fight against terrorism is the biggest challenge. The country should not look divided on the matter,” he said.
“In this House, the then Home Minister had coined the new terminology ‘Hindu terrorism’ in order to change the direction of probe. It weakened our fight… Hafiz Saeed of Pakistan had congratulated the then Home Minister,” Mr Singh said in Parliament.
Maintaining government’s stand on the fight against extremism, Rajnath asserted that the Central government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is determined to fight it down. Government has been, and will remain, resolute in this regard. The government is firmly committed to root out terrorism from India. I also assure the House that the government will do everything possible to prevent cross-border terrorism aimed against India,” the Home Minister said.
Further stoking off a controversy, Tripura Governor, Tathagata Roy, had said all those who attended the last rites of Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon in Mumbai were potential terrorists who must now be kept under close vigil by the Indian intelligence agencies.
“Intelligence shd keep a tab on all (expt relatives & close friends) who assembled bfr Yakub Memon’s corpse. Many are potential terrorists,” tweeted Governor Roy from his personal handle, @tathagata2.