As the controversy over Ved Pratap Vaidik and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed’s meet continues, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Indresh Kumar has added fuel to the fire by saying that the senior journalist is a nationalist.
Expressing his views on the ongoing row over Vaidik-Saeed meet, Kumar asserted that Vaidik is a nationalist, cultural person and whatever he did was for the good of the nation.
Kumar’s comments are sure to give fresh ammunition to the Congress-led Opposition which has left no stone unturned to corner the BJP-led government over the contentious issue in Parliament.
Kumar’s reaction comes amidst huge political uproar across the nation. The Congress has accused Narendra Modi government of facilitating the Vaidik-Saeed meet.
Trying to corner the NDA government, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has said the party was “curious” to know whether the meeting between Vaidik and 26/11 mastermind was facilitated by the Indian embassy in Pakistan. The High Commission has denied extending any such help.
Besides the High Commission, Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley have also cleared the government’s stand on the issue, saying it had nothing to do with the meeting.
However, the BJP said that though they condemn the meeting, they will not take steps which would be synonymous to curtailing press freedom.