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A Hindu Can Never be a Terrorist, Says Haryana Minister Anil Vij

Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij on Wednesday launched into a tirade against the Congress party, accusing it of letting go "terrorists from Pakistan" but capturing Indian citizens and dubbing them as "Hindu terrorists".

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Updated:June 21, 2017, 9:00 PM IST
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A Hindu Can Never be a Terrorist, Says Haryana Minister Anil Vij
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New Delhi: Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij on Wednesday launched into a tirade against the Congress party, accusing it of letting go "terrorists from Pakistan" but capturing Indian citizens and dubbing them as "Hindu terrorists".

The Minister called it a "Congress game" to establish a political plot that there is something called "Hindu terrorism". Vij also alleged that Congress did all of this to derive "political mileage", also suggesting that there can never be a phrase like "Hindu terrorism".

"A Hindu can never be a terrorist, and there can never be a terminology such as Hindu terrorism," he said, alleging that Congress propped up this terminology because, in most of the terrorist attacks, Muslims were involved. "Congress played this game."




Reacting sharply to Vij's remarks, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh took a dig at him, saying Vij was right because it is called "Sanghi terrorism" and not "Hindu terrorism".




The term "saffron terror" was first used by former Finance Minister P Chidambaram referring to terror attacks carried out by people bearing Hindu names and allegedly motivated by fringe right-wing organisations.

In January 2013, the then Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had also accused the BJP and RSS of conducting terror camps and promoting what he called the "Hindu terrorism".

Shinde spoke these words in the presence of the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi. His sentiments were echoed by another senior party leader Digvijaya Singh.

However, Congress had later distanced itself from its Ministers' remarks, saying it didn't support a "hardline view". Terrorism cannot be linked to any religion or religious ideology. Congress does not agree with words like Bhagva or Hindu terrorism. Terror is a terror," the party had said.
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