New Delhi, June 23: Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Saturday hit out at Arun Jaitley for calling Congress President Rahul Gandhi ‘jehadi-Maoist sympathiser’. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Chidambaram said that the grand old party is ‘stoutly opposed’ to the two groups. Also Read - All Not Well In MVA? Congress Will Contest Maharashtra Assembly Polls Alone, Says Nana Patole
“The allegation that jehadists and Maoists have earned the sympathy of Rahul Gandhi is laughable and absurd. Congress is stoutly opposed to the two groups,” Chidambaram tweeted today. Also Read - Right to Life Also For Those Without Internet, Provide Walk-in Vaccines For All: Rahul Gandhi
Furthermore he posted,”Who can forget that Congress practically lost its entire leadership in Chhattisgarh to Maoist violence? “Under UPA, the government fought the jehadists in J&K and brought down the level of violence substantially,” Chidambaram claimed. Also Read - Centre Solely Responsible For Bodies Flowing in Ganga River: Rahul Gandhi
Earlier on Friday, Jaitley, in his hard-hitting blog post had said while “jehadis and Maoists” were threatening the rights of citizens, human rights organisations “taken over by the ultra-left” never spoke of this. He alleged that even though the Congress historically and ideologically would have been opposed to these groups, they have earned sympathy in Rahul Gandhi’s heart.
“He had no qualms about joining those who raised subversive slogans at JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) and Hyderabad. With this initial success, the others amongst the so-called federal front have forgotten the dangers of these groups to India and Indian democracy. The political adventurists in parties like AAP (Aam Aadmi Party), TMC (Trinamool Congress) and the like only look for a political opportunity in these groups,” he wrote in his blog.
The Union Minister, who underwent kidney replacement in May and is yet to rejoin his office, in his blog had said that the terrorists and the jehadis were threatening the human rights of the citizens in Jammu and Kashmir.
“They terrorise courts; they kill editors; they kill innocent citizens and they don’t allow any alternate religion to be practised. Who is threatening the human rights of the citizens of Kashmir? It is obvious that it is the terrorists and the jehadis,” Jaitley added.
Meanwhile, Maoists don’t allow any development activity in tribal regions, he said.