Shiva Sena targets Congress over coining term ‘Hindu terror’

Mumbai: The Shiv Sena today accused the Congress of spreading the word ‘Hindu terror’ during its rule, saying it encouraged terrorists from Pakistan to carry out their activities in India.

It also criticised former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah over their stand on Article 35-A of the Constitution, saying if such voices are not curbed, the border State will remain in the grip of unrest and instability.

The remarks of the Sena, a constituent of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, came two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi targeted the Congress, accusing it of insulting ‘peace-loving’ Hindus by linking them to terrorism.

“The word ‘saffron terror’ or ‘Hindu terror’ was spread when the Congress was in power at the Centre. Besides allegations, false cases were also filed against Hindus in the Samjhauta train blast and Malegaon bomb blast cases,” the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana.

It claimed that ‘gross injustice’ was meted out to Swami Aseemanand (in the Samjhauta blast case), and Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Lt Col Prasad Purohit (both accused in the Malegaon case).

“The spread of the term ‘Hindu terror’ encouraged terrorists from Pakistan. Pakistanis put the onus of terror strikes on Hindu extremists… now, a court has found Swami Aseemanand not guilty,” the Marathi daily said.

It noted that Modi, during his rally at Wardha, in Maharashtra, Monday, slammed the Congress for insulting the Hindu religion worldwide and blotting the country’s 5,000-year-old culture by linking Hindus to terrorism.