Activists from India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) burn an effigy of India's Interior Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde during a protest in New Delhi yesterday.
New Delhi: Keeping up its demand for the sacking of Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde over his “Hindu terrorism” and “saffron terrorism” remarks, the BJP yesterday said it would create a situation in parliament that would force Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to remove him.
Speaking at a rally here as part of its protests against Shinde’s remarks, the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president, Rajnath Singh, and Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, demanded an apology from top Congress leaders over Shinde’s remarks.
The BJP “will fight the issue in both houses of parliament,” said Rajnath Singh, alleging the prime minister “will not have guts” to sack Shinde until Congress chief Sonia Gandhi speaks on the issue.
“What is your (Gandhi) view on Shinde’s remarks? If you do not give directions to Manmohan-ji that Shinde-ji should be sacked, I want to tell you, we will create a situation in both houses of parliament that Manmohan-ji will be forced to sack Shinde-ji. No power on earth will be able to stop it,” said the newly-installed BJP chief.
The budget session of parliament is expected to begin in the second half of February.
Underlining that the BJP’s protest will “go to the logical end”, Rajnath Singh said while the party did not expect the prime minister to speak as he “reacts with delay”, Sonia Gandhi should have reacted. “He (Shinde) has raised such a big question on the country’s prestige, even then there is silence. No power will be able to save him (from sacking), the BJP will create such a situation in the country,” said Rajnath Singh.
Sushma Swaraj said the prime minister and Congress chief should “apologise” for Shinde’s remarks and he should be sacked.
“Till the time an apology comes on (Shinde’s) statement, our agitation will continue,” she said.
“Do you want to say, terrorists are sitting in parliament? The leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha is heading a terror organisation?” she asked.