Congress president Rahul Gandhi
Responding to BJP’s allegation of the Congress linking Hindus to terrorism, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that terror cannot be linked with religion.
Speaking in an exclusive interview to News Nation, Rahul said: “Terrorism cannot be linked with any religion. Religion and terrorism are two different things. I have never said this. This is totally wrong.”
The Congress chief was responding to News Nation’s question that the BJP has alleged him and the Congress of linking Hindu community with terrorism, after Sadhi Pragya Thakur was announced as the BJP candidate from Bhopal.
Six persons were killed and over 100 injured when an explosive device strapped to a motorcycle went off near a mosque in Malegaon, a town in north Maharashtra, on September 29, 2008.
The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad arrested Thakur and others, claiming that they were part of a Hindu extremist group which carried out the blast.
The National Investigation Agency, in 2016, gave a clean chit to Thakur, but the trial court refused to discharge her, and she is facing trial under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been attacking the Congress of hatching the 'Hindu terror' conspiracy to defame the country's religious heritage.
“The Congress has hatched the 'Hindu atankwad' (terrorism) conspiracy to defame our religious heritage,” he said at an election meeting in Madhya Pradesh’s Khandwa on Sunday.