Indians within dangerous than foreign terrorists- Sonia; Advani demands Apology

via PTI published on April 12, 2009

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: BJP leader L K Advani today demanded an apology from Congress President Sonia Gandhi for her statement that India was in greater danger from people inside than foreign terrorists, which he said was an implied attack on his party.

Referring to a reported speech of Gandhi in Jharkhand, Advani said he was shocked about her remarks that “we are in greater danger from people inside than from foreign terrorists entering India”.

He said though Gandhi did not name his party, it “substantially accuses us and the comments were clear”.

He said in India, there has been a tradition from the past, even in the 1962 and 1965 wars when late Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Lal Bahadur Shastri had praised the role of Jan Sangh and RSS.

A rare exception was made in 1963 when Nehru asked the RSS to send a contingent for the Republic Day parade.

“Obviously, she does not know the history of her own party. She makes a statement of this kind. This is slander. She should apologise for this statement or join a debate on fundamentalist issues like Al Qaeda,” he said addressing a press conference here.

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