Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Monday refused to comment on Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed’s controversial tweet on the origin of Indian Mujahideen (IM), a banned terror outfit.
While Mr. Shinde did not comment when asked about Mr. Ahmed’s tweet that Indian Mujahideen (IM) was formed after the Gujarat riots, his deputy R.P.N. Singh feigned ignorance over the tweet.
“Shakeel Ahmed should answer for himself. I’m not aware what he said and I have not read his tweet,” Mr. Singh told reporters here.
Congress has already distanced itself from the comments, maintaining that it is not the party line as of now.
“It is not the party line as of now,” spokesperson Renuka Choudhary told reporters here when asked about Ahmed’s tweet on the issue which led to a political controversy on Sunday.
Her response was the same to a question about Masood’s similar remarks.
She, at the same time, attacked the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat for the riots saying the way a particular community was targeted has no parallel anywhere else.
“Whatever happened in Gujarat, the manner in which people of a particular community were killed, such an incident has not happened anywhere else,” she said.
Mr. Ahmed had said on Sunday on microblogging site Twitter that “Indian Mujahideen was formed after the Gujarat riots, says NIA in its charge sheet. Even now BJP and RSS will not desist from their communal politics?"