New Delhi: The Congress on Saturday said the NDA government was trying to rake up the Hindu terror issue in a bid to divide and polarize the country.
"The comment of the then home minister is being quoted out of context. It is a deliberate attempt on the part of the government, it is the deliberate attempt on the part of the BJP for various reasons — to divide the country, to take up the debate between two religions," Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told the media.
The BJP government is doing this to divert the attention of the people from its failure to effectively counter the threat of terrorism, to abuse and to use the parliamentary forum, to abuse and defame its opponents, particularly the Congress.
Union home minister Rajnath Singh accused the Congress of coining the term "Hindu terrorism" and weakening the fight against terror in the Lok Sabha on Friday.
"The Congress has always been against terrorism, be it Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, north eastern states or the states sharing borders with our neighbours. We have seen our sitting prime minister Indira Gandhi martyred to terrorism," he said.
"We have seen the death of ex-Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at the hands of terrorists."
"I would like to say that since this BJP government has come into power, there is so much polarization in the country, across the country. Even in Jammu & Kashmir, there might have threat of terrorist, there might have been terrorism, but there was never a polarization. The moment BJP became part of the coalition government, the polarization in a big way has hit Jammu & Kashmir," he said.