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Posted at: Apr 17, 2018, 1:24 AM; last updated: Apr 17, 2018, 1:24 AM (IST)

Politics of defaming Hindus exposed: BJP

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 16

Launching a sharp attack on the Congress after a special anti-terror court acquitted right-wing activist Swami Aseemanand and four others in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, the BJP on Monday claimed that the Opposition party’s “appeasement politics” of “defaming” Hindus had been exposed.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra alleged the Congress had long “defamed” Hindus for votes and demanded an apology from Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his predecessor Sonia Gandhi for propagating terms like “saffron terror” and “Hindu terror”.

“For its appeasement politics, the Congress targeted and defamed Hindus and the country for merely some votes. That conspiracy has been exposed. The Congress has been exposed like never before,” he said. Taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi, Patra wondered if the Congress president would lead a candle march to India Gate and apologise for his attempts to “defame” Hindus.

He also raked up past comments by Congress leaders and a US diplomatic cable which allegedly quoted Rahul Gandhi as saying that radicalised Hindu groups posed a bigger danger to the country.

People will teach the Congress “a lesson” in the Karnataka Assembly polls as they had in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he added, lashing out at Congress leaders for blaming the BJP government for the acquittal of the accused.

He also noted that the Congress was in power for seven years after the blasts and did nothing to ensure a logical conclusion to the case.

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