Mangalore, Jan 24: Members of the Bajarang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) held a protest in front of PVS Circle in Mangalore on Wednesday condemning the statement of Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on ‘Hindu Terror’.
As part of the protest ‘rasta roko’ was organized by the protestors for nearly 10 to 15 minutes at PVS circle here. The protestors sat on road in a circle, blocking vehicular traffic from all the directions, and shouted slogans against the central government and Shinde.
Speaking on the occasion Shivananda Mendon, District Convenor, Bajarang Dal, said that Mr. Shinde must take back his words.
“He has tried to equate us with blind Muslim fundamentalists. The RSS is a patriotic organization, permission for march-past on the occasion of Independence Day and Republic Day was given by Pandit Nehru himself. He must take back his words and apologize to the nation. We Hindus are not terrorists. Shinde should tender an apology to the community immediately, failing which the protest will be intensified”, he said.
Leaders Sharan Pumpwell, Jagadish Shenava, Pradeep Pumpwell, Punith Pumpwell, Pramod and others were present.
BJP condemns Shinde’s statement
“Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde, by linking RSS and BJP with terrorism, has behaved like a scared dog barking at the full moon,” said Franklin Monteiro, state BJP minority morcha vice-president in a press note.
“Shinde has insulted the entire nation by calling the partriotic RSS and Sangh Parivar as terrorists. The Hindu community has been a role model to the world in respecting and giving space for other religions and communities to live and prosper peacefully. Shinde, being the union home minister, has done a grave crime by passing such a comment,” he said.
“It is clear that he has made these remarks to impress Sonia Gandhi and for vote bank,” he added.
“RSS is an association that lends its help in times of natural calamities, irrespective of caste or religion. Calling RSS as terrorist clearly suggests that Shinde has been affected by jaundice or some other disease,” said Monteiro.