JNU row: BJP slams opposition over Rajnath’s claims

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday flayed the Opposition for questioning Home Minister Rajnath Singh over his claims of LeT chief Hafiz Saeed’s support to the event on JNU campus against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

“Instead of showing unity against anti-national forces, why are people posing as spokesperson of a terrorist. Technically this subject has no basis and it is totally inappropriate,” BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Triveditold ANI.

“Politically this incident is both unfortunate and condemnable,” he added.

Trivedi further stressed that instead of being sensitive to national security, these people were are hell bent on tarnishing the image of country.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had said that Singh’s statement that the JNU event had the backing of Saeed was based on inputs from ‘different agencies’.

Earlier in the day, Singh had said the anti-national protests in the JNU campus had the backing of Hafiz Saeed.

“I also want to make it clear that the JNU incident has the support of LeT chief Hafiz Saeed. We should also understand this reality that Hafiz Saeed has supported this incident and it is extremely unfortunate,” he told the media here.

Meanwhile, Singh’s comment about Saeed’s links with the JNU event has sparked a political row with opposition parties asking him to provide evidence.

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said it is a “very serious charge” to level against the students and that the evidence must be shared with all.

CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said the Home Minister has to come out and share the evidence he has with the country to back up his “serious allegation”. CPI leader D Raja also demanded that the evidence be made public.