Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today slammed Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for comparing terror outfit LeT with “saffron” terrorism. Citing a 2010 media report, Prasad said that Rahul had told then US Ambassador to India Timothy Roemer that “saffron terror is more dangerous than LeT”.
Speaking at India TV’s Chunav Manch conclave organised in Ahmedabad, Prasad said, “There is no bhagwa attanwad (saffron terrorism). Saffron terrorism can never be a reality. Saffron is the tradition of this country, saffron is the colour of our tricolour.”
He said that neither Rahul not any Congress leader do proper homework before speaking.
“When then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had visited India in 2010, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had invited her on luncheon. Then US Ambassador to India Timothy Roemer had accompanied her. Congress general secretary (now vice president) Rahul Gandhi was also present there… during conversation, Timothy Roemer asked Rahul Gandhi about his views on LeT,” Prasad said.
“He (Rahul) replied that Hindu terror is more dangerous than LeT,” Prasad added.
Prasad added that this information was released by the WikiLeaks.
Quoting a media report, he said: “Congress general secretary told US Ambassador to India Timothy Roemer that the growth of radicalised Hindu group will pose a greater threat to Indian than LeT.”
“Saying LeT is a smaller threat than saffron terror signifies the way you think,” he added.
Prasad further blasted the Congress and its vice president for seeking proof of surgical strikes conducted by the Indian Army in PoK last year.
“Indian Army enters PoK and successfully conducts surgical strikes. Rahul Gandhi believes in doing nothing but demanding proofs. Congress party is insulting the Indian Army who risked their lives and conducted surgical strikes for the country,” he said.
He also exuded confidence that the BJP’s win in Gujarat will be historic and decisive.
The polling for the two-phase elections in Gujarat, having total 182 seats, will take place on December 9 and 14 and votes will be counted on December 18.
While 89 seats of Saurashtra and South Gujarat region are going to polls in the first phase, the remaining 93 seats including Vadgam in central and northern region would go for polls in the second phase.