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  • RS adjourns twice on HM’s saffron terrorism remark

    Published on August 27, 2010

    Opposition Shiv Sena and BJP created uproar in the Rajya Sabha over Home Minister P Chidambaram’s statement on rise in saffron terrorism leading to two adjournments of the House till noon on Friday.

    As soon as the House met for the day, Manohar Joshi (Shiv Sena) raised the issue of the Home Minister’s statement at the conference of Directors General and Inspectors General of Police in New Delhi on Wednesday.

    “There cannot be Bhagwa (saffron) terrorism,” he said demanding that Chidambaram should give names of people connected with terror when making such statements.

    He found support in BJP members who shouted slogans like “Hinduo ka apman nahi chalega” (insult to Hindus will not be tolerated).

    Chairman Hamid Ansari said no one was being heard with so many people speaking simultaneously and asked the members to allow Question Hour to proceed.

    “We have important questions. Please allow Question Hour to proceed,” he said as he called Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley to speak on the issue.

    But Jaitley could not speak as members in the ruling benches and Lok Janshakti Party leader Ram Vilas Paswan countered him.

    Paswan made a reference to RSS’ association with terrorism, leading to BJP members rushing into the well shouting slogans like “RSS ka apman nahi chalega (insult to RSS will not be tolerated).”

    Ansari first asked members to return to the places but when they did not relent, he adjourned the House for 15 minutes.

    When the House reassembled, Jaitley said there was a legitimate grievance among a large section of the House on the use of the expression by the Home Minister.

    The country had faced militancy in Punjab, Naxal violence, Kashmir problem and other forms of terrorism but they were never associated with any community or religion, he said.

    Jaitley said he expected Chidambaram to come out with a strategy to deal with Maoist violence and the Kashmir problem but instead he raised the issue of “phenomenon of safforn terror.”

    Paswan said Chidambaram had made the statement as a responsible minister of the government and saffron terrorism should be deal with firmly.

    “The government should ban VHP, Bajrang Dal and RSS,” he said leading to an uproar from BJP members, some of whom rushed into the well for the second time.