Congress president Rahul Gandhi should apologise for projecting the concept of "Hindu terror" and dishonouring the country, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Friday said.
Shah, addressing party workers from across Madhya Pradesh at the BHEL Dussehra Maidan in Bhopal, said, "The Congress and its president tirelessly talked about Hindu terror in the 2014 elections and defamed Hindu culture and dishonoured India. Rahul Gandhi should apologise to the Hindu community for this."
Pointing to the April 16 acquittal by a Hyderabad court of all five people accused in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, including Swami Aseemanand, Shah said the Hyderabad court had stated that the case against the activists was made due to political reasons.
"He (Rahul Gandhi) will not do that (apologise). So we have to take this issue to the masses that the Congress is fuelling lies to divide the society," he said.
Shah then accused the Congress of practising "politics of division" and dividing the people on the basis of caste.
"After becoming the prime minister, Narendra Modi brought a bill for the backward classes of this country, under which the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) was to get constitutional status. This bill was passed in the Lok Sabha but in the Rajya Sabha, the Congress, including one member of a royal family from MP, created hindrances," he alleged.
Shah said that former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh, who is the Rajya Sabha member, raised an objection and demanded that minorities should also be included in this bill. He called upon party workers to expose such moves before the public.