NEW DELHI (TIP): The BJP has decided to boycott allpublic programmes of Home Minister Sushil KumarShinde to protest against his Hindu terror remarks till hetenders an apology. It will also not respond to anycommunication from him to the party top brass in hiscapacity as Leader of the House.The decision was taken in the first Core Group meetingof the BJP after Rajnath Singh took over as party presidenton January 23. “The Core Group observed that Mr Shinde’sremarks have hurt Hindu sentiments.
It condemned hiscomments that the BJP and RSS run terror training camps.The party has decided that its members and workers willboycott all public programmes in which Mr Shinde takespart,” BJP General Secretary Ananth Kumar toldreporters.The BJP will also not respond to any communication orrequest for meetings from Mr Shinde to the party’s seniorparliamentarians, including NDA Working Chairperson LKAdvani, and leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha,Sushma Swaraj.
Shinde may find it difficult to getgovernment business through during the forthcomingbudget session of Parliament if the BJP does not respondto his calls for discussions on crucial issues.However, the BJP president said his party does notintend to boycott Shinde inside Parliament and will notdisrupt proceedings when he rises to speak.
“But we willraise this issue (Mr Shinde’s remarks on Hindu terror) inParliament,” he said.Significantly, this strategy of the BJP appears to be aslight climbdown, as the party had earlier insisted thatPrime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA ChairpersonSonia Gandhi should apologise for Shinde’s remarks andthat he should be sacked from the post of home minister.
The home minister had alleged during the CongressChintan Shivir in Jaipur last month that the BJP and RSSwere involved in training their cadre in terror activitiesand those allegedly involved in Hindu terror acts wereaffiliated to them.