India home minister slams Congress for coining ‘Hindu Terror’

02:11 PM | 1 Aug, 2015
India home minister slams Congress for coining ‘Hindu Terror’
NEW DELHI (Web Desk) - Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh stunned the Congress with a sharp attack on Saturday, accusing the previous UPA government it led of "weakening India's fight against terrorism" by coining the term "Hindu terror."

"The then Home Minister had coined the new term '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.

"Terrorism is terrorism, it has no religion, no caste," added the Home Minister, who made a statement today in the Lok Sabha on Monday's Gurdaspur terror attack. He censured the opposition party for making Parliament seem like a divided house on the serious issue of terrorism, the NDTV reported.

NEW DELHI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 14: Home Minister Rajnath Singh ,Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Union Finance Minister and I&B Minister Arun Jaitley during paying floral tributes on the Portrait of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru on his 125th Birth Anniversary at Parliament House on November 14, 2014 in New Delhi, India. Prominent freedom fighter and first Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru was born to Motilal Nehru and Swaroop Rani on November 14, 1889, in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh and his birthday is celebrated as Childrens Day in India as he was fond of kids.(Photo by Arvind Yadav/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

India blames Hafiz Saeed to be the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, and listed him in India's most wanted men.

Rajnath Singh told the Indian parliament there is overwhelming evidence that the three terrorists who attacked Punjab on Monday killing seven people, came from Pakistan by crossing the river Ravi.

Read more: Terrorists in Gurdaspur attack were Muslim: Indian Police

Unlike yesterday, when his statement in the Rajya Sabha was drowned out by a slogan-shouting Congress, his Saturday’s speech had the opposition's rapt attention. The storm began when he finished, with opposition lawmakers trooping into the well or centre of the House.

Read more: Gurdaspur attack: Pakistan rejects statement of Indian Home Minister

That is when Mr Singh attacked the Congress. "Our government will never allow such a shameful situation again," the minister said.

The Congress was not allowed to respond to the minister; they later demanded that his comments be expunged.

On Thursday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had slammed the Congress leadership, saying it had "failed the test" by not allowing a discussion in Parliament on the Gurdaspur terror attack, a matter of national security.

The Congress and other opposition parties have vowed to disrupt Parliament till the ruling BJP removes three top leaders caught in scandals.