Ved Pratap Vaidik, a senior journalist who went on a tour to Pakistan recently and met Jamaat ud Dawa chief, Mumbai blasts planner Hafeez Saeed there has created a controversy probably bigger than what the NDA government can presently handle. He has boasted of his meetings with several world leaders, leaders of several extremist groups from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal etc, to media channels yesterday. After the lone photograph yesterday stirring the Congress yesterday, news of an interview he gave to Dawn news, Pakistani TV Channel, have brought all other opposition parties too into the ruckus, resulting in a demand for immediate discussion in Parliament over the issue.
Rahul Gandhi today remarked that Vaidik is an RSS man and questioned if the Indian Embassy in Islamabad facilitated the meeting. RSS leader Ram Madhav rubbished the allegations, “How can a person who moves around with Salman Khurshid and Mani Shankar Aiyar be called an RSS man,” he questioned in return. Manish Tewari questioned the legitimacy this meeting will give Hafeez Saeed whether it happened with the awareness of the government or not.
Coming to the Dan interview, Vaidik apparently took himself a little too seriously and called for establishing an “Azad Kashmir Nation,” combining both parts of Kashmirs controlled by India and Pakistan. “I am thinking far ahead from the present, I want to turn this deep divide into a bridge between the neighboring nations,” said Vaidik during the interview. Later, he has also revealed that Saeed wants to address a public meeting in India! The implications of this could just be the legitimacy some congress leaders pointed out to.
Venkayya Naidu, the Parliamentary affairs minister has greed for a discussion on the issue in Parliament while saying that the government had nothing to do. Home Minister Rajnath Singh has also assured that concerned minister will be called to the House to answer the queries of the members.
This “Vaidik’s” medicine sure might turn too bitter to be swallowed by the ruling party!