Days ahead of the Budget session of Parliament, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Monday tried to pacify the main Opposition party BJP saying “terrorism has no colour” and he fully endorsed his party line on the issue.
After his controversial remarks in the Congress Chintan Shivir in Jaipur last month in which Shinde had accused the BJP and RSS of promoting Hindu terror, the BJP had decided to boycott all the meetings with the Home Minister.
On being asked about his remarks, Shinde said: “There is no colour to any terrorism. I have already said that my thought is in line with the Congress on the issue. My party also clarified that sometimes, people say things inadvertently.”
Under fire from the BJP and RSS on the issue, the Congress had distanced itself from Shinde’s comment saying that terrorism should not be linked with any religion.
However, on being asked about the BJP’s plan to boycott him in and outside Parliament, Shinde said: “In a democracy everybody enjoys freedom.”
Cash Relief to Kashmiri Migrants Enhanced
The UPA Government has enhanced the cash relief to eligible Kashmiri migrants staying in Delhi and Jammu from `1,250 a person to `1,650. The relief amount for a family of four or more is subject to a ceiling of `6,600 per month.
“Earlier the migrants were getting cash relief of `1,250 per head per month subject to a ceiling of `5,000 per month,” Shinde said in the monthly report card of the Home Ministry.