Accusing the Congress of coining the term ‘Hindu terror’, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday demanded an apology from Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

Addressing a press conference following the acquittal of all five accused in the Mecca Masjid blast case, BJP leader Sambit Patra launched a vitriolic attack on the grand old party claiming that Congress now “stands exposed”.

Speaking to reporters at the party’s central office in New Delhi, Patra slammed the reaction of some Congress leaders on TV following the verdict.

He said that during the Jaipur session of the Congress party in the UPA rule, the then home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had used the term ‘saffron terror’ in the presence of then prime minister Manmohan Singh, then president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

“None of them spoke against Shinde or tried to prevent him from making the remark,” said Patra.

“In 2010, P Chidambaram had for the first time used the term ‘Hindu terror’,” alleged Patra.

Stating that the BJP does not comment on the judgment of the court or working of Indian judiciary, Patra asked how the Congress was labelling today’s verdict as wrong when they were celebrating the court verdict in the 2G scam case.

“I want to question the Congress. Will Rahul Gandhi, at the stroke of midnight, come out with a candle at India Gate and apologise?” asked Patra as he accused the party of trying to demean Hindus and Hinduism for votes.

He said that the lesson that Rahul Gandhi, Chidambaram and Shinde learned to demean Hindus came from Sonia Gandhi.

Patra said that the people of Karnataka, where polls are due next month, give the response to the appeasement politics of the Congress under the Siddaramaiah government.

“This appeasement politics won’t work for long,” Patra said reminding Rahul Gandhi of how India gave its verdict in 2014 Lok Sabha elections.