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Vaidik is an RSS man, says Rahul Gandhi

Did the Indian mission facilitate the meeting between Mr. Vaidik and Saeed, Rahul Gandhi asked.

Did the Indian mission facilitate the meeting between Mr. Vaidik and Saeed, Rahul Gandhi asked.  

Describing journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik as an “RSS man”, Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday questioned whether the Indian High Commission in Islamabad had facilitated the meeting between him and Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed.

“We are curious to find out if Indian embassy has facilitated this event, if they helped this gentleman in any way. That’s what we are curious about,” the Congress Vice President told reporters.

A row has erupted over the meeting of Mr. Vaidik, considered close to yoga guru Baba Ramdev, with Saeed with the journalist rejecting suggestions made by Congress that he might have acted as government’s envoy.

Mr. Vaidik had met the chief of Jamaat—ud—Dawa, said to be the parent organisation of terror outfit Lashkar—e—Toiba, in Lahore on July 2 while touring Pakistan along with a group of journalists and politicians invited by a peace research institute.

“He is an RSS man. That’s a known fact,” Rahul Gandhi said to a question about the journalist.

Congress has targeted the Prime Minister’s Office over the meeting alleging its “direct involvement” and asked the government to “come clean” on the issue.

“Vaidik belonged to the Vivekananda International Foundation, whose three members Nripendra Misra, P.K. Mishra and Ajit Doval are working for the Modi government as Principal Secretary, Additional Principal Secretary in PMO and National Security Advisor (NSA) respectively,” party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed had said at the AICC briefing.

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