Mumbai: Rajya Sabha was adjourned till noon on Monday after uproar over reports of Indian journalist Ved Prasad Vaidik meeting JuD chief and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed. Congress is demanding an explanation from the Modi government over the controversial Vaidik-Saeed meet.
“The government has nothing to do with any journalist’s activity in his individual capacity,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in the Rajya Sabha.
Vaidik, Baba Ramdev’s close aide, sparked off a major controversy after his pictures with Saeed emerged on the social media. The photograph shows Vaidik engrossed in a deep conversation with Saeed.
Meanwhile, 69-year-old Vaidik clarified his meeting with Saeed on Monday and said, “I have never been a special envoy for any PM, I am my own envoy. For a journalist, no one is untouchable. I wanted to prove him wrong and influence his thinking. If I didnt become an envoy for Indira Gandhi, Narsimha Rao or Atal B Vajpayee why would I be an envoy for Narendra Modi?”
He also said that he met Saeed as a journalist and nothing more should be read out of read into his meeting with the 26/11 attacker.
The images that are doing rounds on the social networks are likely to put the yoga guru Baba Ramdev in an embarrassing spot.
Early on July 12, Saeed had addressed a seminar at the Lahore High Court spewing venom on India and America.
This was the second time that Saeed, who is the founder of banned terror organisation Tightening its noose around the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the US had last month added its affiliates, including the JuD to its list of designated terror organisations and slapped sanctions against two Pakistan-based LeT leaders.
The US State Department has amended Lashkar-e-Taiba’s designations to add its aliases: Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Al-Anfal Trust, Tehrik-e-Hurmat-e-Rasool and Tehrik-e-Tahafuz Qibla Awwal, an official statement had said.