New Delhi, April 17: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today slammed and questioned whether the Congress party and his President Rahul Gandhi would tender an apology for his 'Saffron Terror' remarks.
“We have the full telegram sent in 2009 by the then US Ambassador Tim Roemer to the US State Department. One the first page is written ‘reaching out to Rahul Gandhi and other young parliamentarians.”
“In the telegram it’s written that Rahul ji told US envoy ‘there was some support for the LeT in certain elements in India’s Muslim community, but the bigger threat may be of the rise of radical homegrown Hindu groups which create tension,” Sambit Patra said at a press conference.
He further demanded an apology from Congress leaders including Rahul, Sushil Kumar Shinde and P Chidambaram for using the term saffron terror in Mecca Masjid blast case.
Yesterday, all ten accused in the Mecca Masjid blast case were acquitted by the special NIA court in Hyderabad as no evidence was presented against the accused. Mecca Masjid blast claimed around 9 lives and injured more than 50, that took place on 18th May 2007.
Earlier, the Congress spokesperson, PL Punia has refuted all allegations made by the BJP over usage of the phrase saffron terror. "Rahul Gandhi or the Congress party has never used the words 'saffron terror'," Punia said, adding that the Congress will never link any group or religion with terror.