New Delhi: First day, first show by newly-elected BJP president Rajnath Singh, who led the charge against Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, saw Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj by his side demanding apology from the Congress on Home Minister's remarks on 'Hindu terror' and the RSS. The BJP made it clear that if Shinde does not take corrective measures, reverberations of this controversy will be felt during the Budget Session of Parliament.
The BJP had indicated earlier that since Shinde is also the Leader of the House in Lok Sabha, the current controversy will affect the functioning of Parliament. After maintaining a conspicuous silence, the Congress, of late, has attempted to neutralise Shinde's remarks but still there are some who continue to back the Home Minister.
Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh said the Home Minister used the wrong phrase and that he shouldn't have said Hindu, but 'Sanghi' terror.
A section of the BJP feels the entire controversy has been created sharpen secular versus communal divide before the Budget Session. For many money bills are to be passed during the session and the now government relying on smaller parties for survival wants to isolate the BJP in Parliament.