Freelance journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik on Saturday kicked off yet another controversy by terming as “insane” all MPs who had condemned his meeting with terror accused Hafiz Saeed and said he felt like “spitting on their faces”.
Vaidik – who had met the 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind on July 2 at Lahore – even went to the extent of saying that he would “spit on all 545 MPs” if they supported the parliamentarians who want him declared as “traitor and anti-national”.
His potentially explosive comments came during the last day of three-day Ajmer Literature Festival here, around 130 km from Jaipur.
Vaidik, 70, added that if the government wants to send him to jail then he wants to see former prime minister Manmohan Singh in his adjacent cell in Tihar jail as the latter was also “guilty to the same degree” by talking to former Pakistani president General Musharraf who had engineered the killing of hundreds of Indian soldiers in Kargil.
The issue of the Vaidik’s meeting with Saeed had even rocked Parliament with opposition parties saying it could not have taken place without the knowledge of authorities. The government had denied the allegation.