The Congress on Monday accused home minister Rajnath Singh of “communalising” the JNU issue by claiming that militant Hafiz Saeed was backing protests by the university students.
Congress said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should instead ask his Pakistani counterpart to arrest the Lashkar-e-Taiba chief for terror attacks in India.
“Rajnath communalising#JNUATROCITY at PULPIT of Pulp Patriotism. Tell PM’s Biryani friend Nawaz Sharif Arrest Hafiz Seed for terror attacks,” Congress leader Manish Tewari tweeted on Monday.
Home minister Rajnath Singh on Monday claimed that the event on JNU campus in Delhi against the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru had received “support” from Saeed, a statement that sparked a political row with opposition parties asking him to provide evidence.
On Saturday, a post on an alleged “fake” account @Hafeez SaeedJUD - along with the name Hafeez Muhamad Saeed - invited JNU students to Pakistan “to continue their Pro-Kashmiri, Anti-India Propaganda in our Universities”.
“The incident (Afzal event) at JNU has received support from Hafiz Saeed. This is a truth that the nation needs to understand,” Singh had said, adding that “what has happened is very unfortunate”.
Later, a home ministry spokesperson said Singh’s statement was “based on the inputs available from different agencies”.
Meanwhile, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh sought to know from the government which agency had given inputs to the government on the issue.
“Would Home Minister pl clarify on which Agency’s input did he make a statement of JNU’s connection with Hafiz Saeed ?,” Digvijay Singh said in a tweet.