A day after the BJP accepted the ‘regret’ of Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde over his ‘Hindu terror’ remarks, the RSS on Thursday demanded an apology from him.
“Shinde’s Jaipur comments were derogatory and defamatory. He merely regretted. He should have apologised and condemned Pakistan terrorists...,” tweeted RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav.
He emphasised that a mere regret would not satisfy the RSS cadres, as it had hurt them. Madhav also said Shinde’s remarks had caused damage to India and given strength to those working against the country. “He did not say a single word about them,” he pointed out.
When asked about the RSS’ observations, BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said: “We can understand its pain. But an unconditional regret is equivalent to an apology. However, the Home Minister should have expressed regret earlier. The delay led elements like Jamat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed to welcome it in Pakistan.” He, however, pointed out that it would have been better if Shinde had said sorry. “We are not opposed to the BJP accepting Shinde’s regret over his remarks,” Madhav quipped to a question.