BJP slams Shakeel Ahmed for his tweet over 2002 Gujarat riots

Chennai, PTI | Updated : 21 July 2013, 07:50 PM

BJP on Sunday attacked Congress General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed for his tweet that it was the 2002 Gujarat riots that led to creation of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen, saying none should justify the "murders" or "help the enemies of the nation".

"It is a stupid argument. Pakistan had been funding these outfits so please desist from helping enemies of the country.... too much of tweeting will lead to quitting," BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu told reporters here.

"Indian Mujahideen was formed after Gujarat riots, says NIA in its chargesheet. Even now BJP and RSS will not desist from their communal politics?. This (2002 riots) was the reason behind creation of Indian Mujahideen. If they forsake their communal politics, outfits like IM will cease to exist," Ahmed said on microblogging site Twitter.

"So the communal politics of BJP has led to a chain reaction. They should give up such politics," Ahmed said.

To a query on China's alleged attempts to encroach on Indian territory, Naidu said "After the talks, the Chinese agreed to go back and so did the Indian side. India has agreed to withdraw from India?," he asked.

Asked to state BJP's stand on FDI in the defence sector, he said government should first announce the cap in the sector and that nothing could be said now.

"With regard to FDI in pension and insurance sectors, we will support the Standing Committee of the Finance Ministry and not the government," he said.

He also charged Congress with using CBI for "political gains" and said the probe agency has lost its credibility. "CBI is notoriously known for pursuing the line taken by government. It is being used against the political opponents," he said.

Despite "direct evidence" in the case of former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal in the railway bribery case, CBI had not been able to arrest the Congress leader, he said.

First Published: Sunday, July 21, 2013 07:49 PM
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