Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday joined the party’s offensive against the BJP-led government over former journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik’s meeting with Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan. He called Vaidik an “RSS man” and wanted to know if the Indian High Commission in Pakistan had “facilitated” the meeting.
While the Congress claimed the Indian High Commission in Islamabad “knew” about the meeting, it offered no proof to back its charge or explain how it gathered the information. Minutes after top Congress leaders met in Parliament to plan the House strategy, Rahul spoke about Vaidik’s RSS links.
“The question is did the Indian embassy facilitate the gentleman (Vaidik) or not. We are curious to find out if the Indian embassy has facilitated this event. Did they help this gentleman in any way,” the Congress vice-president said. He also went a step ahead and spoke about the ideological affiliation of Vaidik, known off late as an associate of yoga guru Baba Ramdev.
“The man is an RSS man. That is a known fact,” Rahul said. The Congress, on the other hand, said Vaidik besides being a columnist was a “spokesperson of a yoga guru, who was the ideological guru of the PM and has carried forward the agenda of the BJP”.
The party also disrupted Parliament over the issue and continued to question if he was on a government mission.