Patil takes a jibe at Shinde over ‘ saf­fron ter­ror’ re­mark

The Asian Age - - Nation -

Former Union home min­is­ter Shivraj Patil, who was ousted af­ter the 26/ 11 Mum­bai at­tack, on Mon­day took a jibe at his suc­ces­sor, Sushil Kumar Shinde, for us­ing the words “saf­fron ter­ror.”

The BJP at­tacked the Congress for us­ing the words “saf­fron ter­ror”.

Mr Patil talk­ing to a TV news chan­nel said, “The words ‘ saf­fron ter­ror’… such ques­tions should be asked of those who use such words, but not me.”

Deny­ing ever us­ing the words “saf­fron ter­ror”, he, how­ever, added, “Wit­ness that went hos­tile should be cross- ex­am­ined. It is the fail­ure of the per­son who has not come to the cor­rect con­clu­sion and has com­mit­ted the crime. Me­dia should not draw con­clu­sions, but wait till the judge­ment copy is out.”

“Have I ever used this?... It’s a case of ter­ror­ism. Does the court chargesheet one for say­ing such words ( saf­fron or Hindu ter­ror),” coun­tered Mr Patil. He served as a Union min­is­ter be­tween May 2004 and Novem­ber 2008.

To a query whether se­nior Congress lead­ers, in­clud­ing former Union home min­is­ters P. Chi­dambaram, Mr Shinde and former Mad­hya Pradesh chief min­is­ter Digvi­jay Singh have made such state­ments, he said: “You should ad­dress this ques­tion to whoso­ever said it.”

Mr. Patil also asked the re­porters whether “there is any res­o­lu­tion to the ef­fect passed by the Congress”.


South zone DCP V. Satya­narayana and other of­fi­cials at the his­toric Mecca Masjid in old city of Hy­der­abad on Mon­day. A Spe­cial NIA court on Mon­day ac­quit­ted all ac­cused in 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case.

Shivraj Patil

Sushil Shinde

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