BJP targets Cong, rakes up Ishrat Jahan issue in LS

New Delhi: BJP today raked up the Ishrat Jahan issue in the Lok Sabha accusing a former Home Minister in the UPA of playing with national security by seeking to dub a terrorist as a martyr.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Kirit Somaiya sought to know whether an official committee which went into the disappearance of four documents in the Ishrat Jahan issue has submitted its report.

He alleged that the former Home Minister had dubbed Ishrat as a terrorist in the first affidavit but changed it in the second affidavit.

Somaiya also took the name of another Home Minister in the UPA tenure. But Speaker Sumitra Mahajan disallowed the names to be taken in the House.

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge sought to utilise the issue to have a dig at the government wondering how the issue could be allowed to be raised as the matter, like Uttarakhand President’s Rule, is sub-judice.

Mahajan remarked that the BJP member has only raised a question.

Facing fire from BJP for alleged “flip-flop” on Ishrat Jahan case, former Home Minister P Chidambaram today hit back saying the affidavit controversy is only to “divert attention” from the real issue, which is whether it was a “fake” encounter or not.

Chidamabaram said on Twitter, “the affidavit controversy is only to divert attention from the real issue in the Ishrat Jahan case. Real issue is whether there was fake encounter & whether four people already in custody were killed in that fake encounter.