The National Advisory Council (NAC) headed by Congress president Sonia Gandhi came under sharp attack from BJP national president Nitin Gadkari on the first day of the party’s national executive meet here on Saturday.
Highly placed sources confirmed to HT that Gadkari told the assembled delegates that some of the members of the Sonia Gandhi-headed NAC had sympathies for naxals and also for separatist forces in Kashmir . The allegation: Sonia Gandhi is surrounded by people whose “national loyalties” are suspect.
He also dubbed the naxal threat as a conspiracy against .
“The red corridor from Pashupati to Tirupati is dangerous, the party president said. He said that the naxal problem was not just because of socio-economic disparity. The naxals want to capture state power through violent and their activities will continue even if disparity is ended.
The National Advisory Council people under Sonia Gandhi are supporting them,” BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said later. “About Ram Janmabhumi they first said the court should decide. When the court verdict did come, they said how can the court decide.
They are now questioning the court’s judgment on the sentencing of Binayak Sen. These are the double standards of the people sitting in the NAC.”
Recently, RSS mouthpiece Panchjanya had also mounted an attack on members of the NAC like Harsh Mander for the support extended by them to Binayak Sen’s.
The party had initially desisted from making comments on Binayak Sen, but is now obliquely firming up a line in keeping with the stand taken by Sangh circles. This is despite the fact that its Rajya Sabha MP Ram Jethmalani has offered to fight Sen’s case, which party president Nitin Gadkari called a “professional decision.”
The party has even earlier pointed out to the fact that the NAC and other voices in the government – including the Planning Commission – pulled in opposite directions. However, now the NAC is being used to launch veiled attacks on Sonia Gandhi herself.