Shinde may make statement on Hindu terror remarks
Congress spokesperson PC Chacko on Wednesday side-stepped questions on whether Shinde would tender an apology.
New Delhi: Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde is likely to defuse the row over his controversial Hindu terror remarks by making a statement in Parliament that he had no intention to hurt anybody. Shinde, who is also Leader of the Lok Sabha, has already stated that he and the Congress believe terrorism has no colour.
Congress spokesperson PC Chacko on Wednesday side-stepped questions on whether Shinde would tender an apology to facilitate smooth functioning of Parliament.
"Shinde has already clarified it and there is no question of an apology...He had said what he meant. And it is a fact that all of us know. We know who are the people involved. So, might be he used a word that was objectionable and he has clarified that," Chacko told reporters.
In a bid to resolve the impending deadlock, Shinde had reached out to Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and her Rajya Sabha counterpart Arun Jaitley. The Home Minister had reportedly even sent a draft of the statement he intends to make in the House on the issue but it has not satisfied the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The Opposition party is under pressure from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to pursue the matter strongly both inside and outside Parliament and force Shinde to apologise. The party had earlier even demanded that if Shinde does not apologise then he should be sacked.
Party managers want that the issue should blow over and not create disruptions at a time when the BJP and the RSS have strongly objected to the issue. The main Opposition has said it would boycott Shinde in Parliament.
Shinde's comments had led even the Congress to distance itself from his remarks.
"Terrorism should not be linked with any religion. Congress does not see any connect between terrorism and any religion. The party had earlier also made it clear that terror has no religion or colour. Congress never uses word like saffron terror or Hindu terror," Congress general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi had said.