New Delhi: Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath has said that the statement issued by Home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde expressing regret over his Hindu terror comment was cleared by the BJP before being released publicly. The minister made this claim while speaking to Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate.
Below is a transcript of excerpt of the show:
Karan Thapar: It is one thing for a man to apologise or express regret. It is another for the party concerned to say we won't accept it unless it is in the language that we approve of. Mr Shinde had to virtually get the BJP endorsing it.
Kamal Nath: I think you are going much beyond that. It was never as such. I was there. There was a discussion and some text was worked out.. some text was discussed.
Karan Thapar: With the BJP?
Kamal Nath: It is true. I was there. They said yes this is enough and they said you must say this and he said ok. There was no kind of test putting a comma and a full stop and all that kind of thing.. That's it.
Karan Thapar: But there was a clear attempt to get the BJP's approval..
Kamal Nath: Because we did not want that there is a statement and they say this is not this, this is not that and if they want something and Mr Shinde says this is not this, this is not that. So the only way to cut it short was to discuss it and sort it out.
Karan Thapar: Did they BJP leadership actually add or change the original statement as prepared by Mr Shinde.
Kamal Nath: There were several statements which were talked about. There was no editing done by a or b. There were several statements..
Karan Thapar: There were negotiations that went on?
Kamal Nath: Well, I was there. We discussed it what is there, what should be there, what should be the words. Fine. That's it.