The BJP’s PM nominee, Narendra Modi, on Saturday targeted home minister Sushilkumar Shinde for making public statements on bringing back underworld don Dawood Ibrahim from Pakistan, but the Congress quickly rejected the charge.
Responding to questions about Shinde’s statement that India will get Dawood back, Modi said: “Can such things be achieved through the media? Are these things to be revealed through newspapers? Did America hold a press conference on its plans to track down Osama bin Laden?... I am ashamed that the home minister made such statements.”
Dawood, accused of masterminding the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts and of involvement in several other terrorist acts in the country, is the most wanted fugitive and is believed to be living in Pakistan.
Former home minister P Chidambaram, however, wondered if Modi had any suggestions on how to get Dawood back. “We know that he is being sheltered by the government of Pakistan. Those who say we are not doing enough… please tell us what more a government should do. Should we send half a dozen black cat commandos to get him back? Strange arguments!” Chidambaram said.
A Congress leader wondered why Modi was so ashamed of Shinde’s claim but had nothing to say about the NDA government that had kept speaking its entire term about getting Dawood back.
Chidambaram said the government knew that Dawood lived in Karachi and travelled to the Middle East. “But how do you get a person who is being given shelter by Pakistan.... Modi should say what we should do”.