The newly appointed BJP president roundly criticised the Congress for its handling of Shinde's comments and said it should have focussed on Pakistan's violation of the Line of Control.
"Sonia Gandhi we expect a statement from you. Why should Janardhan Dwivedi speak instead? Manmohan Singh will not have the courage to dismiss the Home Minister unless cleared by Sonia Gandhi. I would like to know what the Prime Minister's view on these statements are," he said.
If they do not sack Shinde then we will create an atmosphere in Parliament that Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi will have to dismiss Shinde, he said.
"I would like to ask Sonia Gandhi whether she does not understand how grievous a statement the Home Minister has made? You should respond at the earliest and Shinde will have to go," he said.
He began his speech by poking fun at the Prime Minister and Rahul Gandhi.
"Our PM does not talk. Takes at least a month or a year to comment on pressing issues," he said.
He also accused the Congress of spreading communalism and blaming the BJP for it wrongly instead.
Indian Parliament is full of terrorists : Sushma questions Shinde
Questioning the statement made by Shinde,Sushma Swaraj said " If BJP conducts terrror camps then how can the BJP be the main opposition party? What are you trying to say? That the Parliament is full of terrorists?"
Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj today attacked the Congress and Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde for his statements about BJP camps fostering terror and said the BJP would not call off its agitation until he resigned.
"Until the Congress party apologises, PM apologises and Shinde is dismissed we will continue to agitate," Swaraj said.
You call the BJP a terrorist organisation and then retract, but don't think that we will stop the agitation, she said.
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Sunday had stirred a controversy by accusing BJP and RSS of conducting terror training camps and promoting "Hindu terrorism".To which BJP reacted furiously to Shinde's remarks and demanded an apology from Congress President Sonia Gandhi, and Shinde's immediate resignation.
"The recent statement of Shinde shows the government is not serious on its fight against terrorism," Rajnath Singh said, addressing party workers
"Just for vote bank politics, they are poisoning the atmosphere of the nation with communalism. We condemn the statement," he added.
A defamation case has also been filed against the Home Minister in a Delhi Court.The petition said that the Home Minister had “wilfully” made the “derogatory” remarks to cause ill will and hatred among communities.
What Shinde said about "Hindu terror camps"
"One on hand we are trying to bring peace in this country. We are also taking steps against injustice to minorities as also against infiltration. But, in the midst of all this, we have got an investigation report that be it the RSS or BJP, their training camps are promoting Hindu terrorism. We are keeping a strict vigil on all this," Shinde had said at the AICC session .
While commenting on the nation’s security issues, Shinde had said, “It is in the RSS and BJP camps that Hindu terror is being promoted. These people are talking about infiltration in Assam riots etc but from a report we have come to know that they are breeding terrorists. The Mecca Masjid, Samjhauta Express blasts and Malegoan blasts are examples. There have been instances when they have planted bombs and blamed the minority community for it".
Backing his comments, Home Secretary RK Singh had said on Tuesday, "After investigation into the blasts in Samjhauta Express, at Mecca Masjid and at Ajmer Sharif, we have 10 names of those who were associated with the RSS at some point or the other."
Congress dismisses Shinde's statement as a slip of tongue
The RSS has already initiated legal proceedings against the Home Minister, who despite being backed by his party and colleagues, has remained silent on the issue. Foreign Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and the Home Secretary had claimed Shinde’s statements were based on fact, and the Congress party dismissed the comment by Home Minister’s as a ‘slip of tongue’.
"Terrorism should not be linked with any religion. Congress does not see any connect between terrorism and any religion. The party has earlier also made it clear that terror has no religion or colour. Congress never uses word like saffron terror or Hindu terror,” said Congress General Secretary Janardhan Dwivedhi.