BJP does not need 'secularism certificate' from Digvijay Singh

New Delhi, Sep 29 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday said that it does not need a 'certificate of secularism' from Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh.

BJP leader Balbir Punj recalled the comments made by Digvijay Singh on the Batla House encounter to justify his statement.

"Digvijayji's secularism is such that when the Batla House encounter took place, he did not stand on the side of the martyred police inspector Sharma, but on the side of the terrorists killed in the battle. So, there is no need to take a certificate of secularism from Digvijay Singh in this country," he said.

Digvijay had earlier in the micro blogging site Twitter said that a secular person couldn't trust the BJP till Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was a part of it.

"Advani wanted BJP leaders 2 visit Jinnah's kabar and bow him and get d certificate of Secularism like him, and again get kick in 2014. Advani talks of projecting NDA as a symbol of Secularism in 2014. Can any Secular person trust them till Modi rules the roost in BJP?" he tweeted.

Digvijay Singh had earlier in January this year said that the Batla House encounter was fake, and added it could not be probed as the Prime Minister and Home Minister believed the encounter was true.

"The Prime Minister and Home Minister were of the view that the encounter was true. That's why I did not press it further," he said.

Batla House encounter officially known as Operation Batla House, took place on September 19, 2008, against suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorists in Batla House locality in Jamia Nagar, Delhi, in which two suspected terrorist, Atif Amin and Mohamed Sajid, two other suspects Mohd Saif and Zeeshan were arrested, while one accused Ariz Khan managed to escape.

Encounter specialist and Delhi Police inspector Mohan Chand Sharma, who led the police action was also killed during the incident. (ANI)