Ansari refutes BJP’s charges of sharing information with Pakistani scribe

A new narrative to cover up Riyaz Attari’s connection with ruling party leaders, says Congress
Hamid Ansari

New Delhi: Former Vice President Hamid Ansari has refuted the charges levelled by the BJP that he invited a Pakistan scribe to visit India when he was the Vice President, stating that only the government can shed light on the matter and tell the truth.

The remarks came after the BJP on Wednesday slammed Ansari and the Congress and sought their clarification over claims made by Nusrat Mirza, a Pakistani journalist, that he had visited India five times during the UPA rule, and shared sensitive information collected during his visits with the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) back home.

In a signed statement, Ansari said that a litany of falsehood has been unleashed on him in some sections of the media and by the official spokesman of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Addressing the media earlier on Wednesday, BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia had said, "If Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, and the then Vice President, remain silent on the questions raised by the ruling party, it will amount to their admission to these sins.

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"People of India are giving you (Ansari) so much respect and you are betraying the country. Isn't this treason? Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Hamid Ansari should come out and reply to this."

The Congress leaders, however, said that after the photograph of the killer of Udaipur tailor Kanhaiya Lal appeared with the BJP leaders, the ruling party is trying to get rid of the charges. Therefore, it is making a false case against the Congress, they said.

Aside from that, the BJP is trying to divert people’s attention from the real issues like price rise, unemployment, inflation and failure in foreign policy, they said.

According to the Congress leaders, before the Gujarat assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticised former prime minister Manmohan Singh saying that he had held a secret meeting with a Pakistani envoy. But everyone knows what happened after that, they said.