Now Sena takes Modi government to task on Vaidik-Hafiz issue
MUMBAI: 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.