Vaidik-Hafiz meeting: Now, BJP ally Sena mounts pressure on Modi govt, says it can’t shrug off responsibility

Meeting Saeed is 'treason' and the government should take stern action against the journalist: Shiv Sena.

By: Press Trust of India | Mumbai | Updated: July 16, 2014 7:08 pm
hafiz-main Vaidik, a freelance journalist, had met Saeed in Lahore on July 2 while touring Pakistan.

Mounting pressure on the Modi government to act against journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik for meeting 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed, BJP ally Shiv Sena on Wednesday said the Centre cannot just shrug off its responsibility in the matter.

“Just saying that the government has nothing to do with the meeting won’t suffice. Had it been a Congress government and any journalist would have met Hafiz or Dawood Ibrahim, BJP would have attacked the government,” an editorial in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said.

“But today we are in power. So just saying that the government has nothing to do with this won’t do. What is needed is to go to the bottom of the issue,” the Sena said.

“There should not be any Hindu-Muslim discrimination as this is a matter of national security. If the journalist is let off, tomorrow anyone will go and enjoy biryani with Dawood, Tiger Memon and Saeed,” the newspaper said.

“The Modi government has begun well. It should not face problem because of misadventure of an individual. It is good that the External Affairs Minister condemned the meeting in Parliament,” the Sena said.

Meeting Saeed, the country’s enemy, is “treason” and the government should take stern action against the journalist, it said.

Who gave Vaidik the authority to comment on issues pertaining to India’s sovereignty and integrity?, it asked.

“We are amazed by the behaviour of Pakistan government and the ISI. How come the Pak government, which refuses visa to ordinary Indians, was so generous with Vaidik,” the Sena said.

Vaidik, a freelance journalist, had met Saeed in Lahore on July 2 while touring Pakistan along with a group of journalists and politicians who had been invited by a peace research institute.

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    Arvind
    Jul 16, 2014 at 8:21 pm
    Government is not responsible for every individual in the country. Journalists are free to meet anyone. Many Western Journalists met with Osama Bin Laden as well. What are the Sena and its thugs afraid off. The man did not represent the Government and he is enled to his views, its a free country. Sena or any political party cannot abrogate the rights of the people of India. Vaidik also does not hold any public office.
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      Girish
      Jul 16, 2014 at 11:39 am
      a journalist meeting a terrorist is 'treason' by shiv-sena's definition.wonder what will happen to reporters on the 'crime' beat.
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        Girish
        Jul 16, 2014 at 11:37 am
        does anybody in the political parties of india have an iota of sense?a journalist had an interview with hafiz saeed. that's it.modi would do better to have this numb-headed issue summarily dismissed by his cabinet in unison. there's no point giving in to needless diversionary tactics of politicians without any sensible agenda.
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          Rangaesh Gadasalli
          Jul 16, 2014 at 7:25 pm
          dear sir, look at the names of people in congress who are founders of this organization. This stupid man going after cheap publicity and fame ditched the nation. he was stupid and hurt us. He should pay for this. we will have to monitor the pro pak guys in congress. there are too many.
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            Rangaesh Gadasalli
            Jul 16, 2014 at 7:21 pm
            iyer and Salman Khurshi who were the leaders of the delegation and who took Vaidik as a journalist and not as an RSS man or A bjp man. This not so smart Rahul pappu should know this.they should be investigated whether they knew the seminar was an ISI sponsored event to hit out at India?
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              Rangaesh Gadasalli
              Jul 16, 2014 at 7:17 pm
              let us hope Mr Modi takes tough action on Mr Vaidik and cancels his p port and subjects him to full interrogation A man who is insensitive to the sentiments of more than 100 thousand army men and women since 1980. Don't let the congress crooks Mani shankar
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                anonymous
                Jul 16, 2014 at 9:44 am
                Maybe chicken biryani diplomacy is being practised by Modi govt
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                  harith
                  Jul 16, 2014 at 11:53 am
                  Vaidik; you are first a human being, then an Indian and after that a journalist. In the mask of journalism, you think, you can do any thing and get away with that? you met a terrorist, whose hands are with Innocent Indians and foreigner's blood and he is criminally charged by Indian govt for a major terrorist act. Either Indian govt cancel his Indian citizenship and kick him out of country and or cancel his pport and should not be allowed to leave country.
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                    S K
                    Jul 17, 2014 at 6:44 am
                    Whats the big deal if a journalist meets some terrorist? Journalists keep meeting criminals etc.This is his profession. Hafiz Saeed must be laughing at the controversy created by politicians.
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                      Sihtric Anilla
                      Jul 16, 2014 at 3:49 pm
                      Well said, Girish. Finally, somebody with sense on this board. Seems like nobody knows what freedom of speech means. It's guaranteed by the consution. The journalist wasn't doing Bhangra with the terrorist. A political party, at the least, should know this.
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                        s s nair
                        Jul 16, 2014 at 11:47 am
                        The BJP and government failed to answer a simple question. Is it possible for an Indian journalist to walk in and have an interview that too on Kashmir with a top most terrorist without the knowledge of the government? What action the government is contemplating against the journalist? Several days have ped since the incident and till date there is no answer.
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                          Vilas Kulkarni
                          Jul 18, 2014 at 8:39 am
                          What the modi has to do if that person meets Hafiz.Neither Narendra modi nor BJP asked him to meet the terrorist..What made him to visit stan and what made hm to visitterrorist that can be only revealed after making inquiry.
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