Modi, Uma Bharti criticize Rahul Gandhi’s Hindu terror remarks

Saturday, December 18, 2010

MUMBAI/LUCKNOW - Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti on Saturday slammed Congress General Secretary for his comments that ‘radicalised Hindu groups’ posed a bigger threat to the nation than the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT).

Modi taunted the Gandhi scion for making such irresponsible remarks.

“I have been wondering for a long time now that the whole world believes that Pakistan is a terrorist state, yet the US always backs the country. I always wondered about this but never got an answer”, Modi told reporters.

“However, yesterday after the cables were out, it got clear that who gave inspiration to the US to speak pro-Pakistan”, he added.

Meanwhile, Uma Bharti also criticized Rahul Gandhi for making the remarks are said he should act maturely.

“Rahul is taking notes from Digvijay Singh. Rahul should take class from me, should study a bit. He should not make irresponsible comments. I will advice Rahul Gandhi to study history and if Digvijay Singh is not providing good lessons, he can come to me for classes”, she told reporters in Lucknow.

With the BJP criticizing Gandhi for his comments on the issue, the Congress issued a statement saying: “Rahul Gandhi’s view is that terrorism and communalism of all types is a threat to India. We need to remain vigilant against acts of terrorism of all kinds, no matter who commits them.”

According to a secret US diplomatic cable from New Delhi released by WikiLeaks, at a luncheon hosted by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh at his residence in July 2009, Rahul Gandhi was asked by the US ambassador about LeT’s activities in the region and immediate threat to India, to which he said there was evidence of some support for the group among certain elements in India’s indigenous Muslim community, the cable notes.

“However, Gandhi warned, the bigger threat may be the growth of radicalised Hindu groups, which create religious tensions and political confrontations with the Muslim community,” the cable says. (ANI)

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