Day 9 Monsoon Session - Rajnath Singh Says UPA's 'Hindu Terrorist' Term Weakened India's Stand

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Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh takes salute as he receives a guard of honor during a visit to a Rapid Action Force Camp in Allahabad, India, Wednesday, Jan.28, 2015. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)

NEW DELHI -- While the Congress Party showed no signs of backing down from its demand for three Bharatiya Janata Party leaders to resign before parliament can function, the Bharatiya Janata hit back at its political rival for weakening India's stand on terrorism by using the term "Hindu terrorists," when the UPA government was in power.

Speaking in the Lok Sabha on the ninth day of the monsoon session, Home Minister Rajnath Singh recalled that Pakistan had congratulated Home Minister P. Chidambaram after he used the term "Hindu terrorist" in 2013.

"Terrorism has no religion and no caste," said Singh.

The Home Minister also said that the three gunmen, who attacked the border town of Gurdaspur in Punjab on Monday, had come from Pakistan by crossing the Ravi river. Singh also said that heavy rains had caused its water level rise to rise which facilitated the their movements.

Over the past two days, the BJP and the Congress Party have accused each other of politicising India's grave concerns about terrorism. On Thursday, the Congress Party continued sloganeering even while Singh was giving his statement about the the Gurdaspur attack in which seven people were killed.

"It seems Congress is not serious about the security of 125 crore Indians. For Congress, politics is more important than national security," the BJP said in a statement, PTI reported.

"Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi should apologise to the people of the country for such irrresponsible, unparliamentary and undemocratic attitude of Congress members," the statement said.

Meanwhile, Congress Party lawmakers created a ruckus in parliament by shouting slogans: "Pradhan mantri jawab do - jawab do, jawab do," (Prime Minister give us an answer), and "We want justice, we want justice."

Congress Party leaders have demanded that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minster Vasundhara Raje resign for extending help to former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, who is being investigated for money laundering by Indian agencies.

They have also asked that Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to step down over the Vyapam scam.

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