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Parliament witnesses uproar over Vaidik-Saeed meeting

Parliament witnesses uproar over Vaidik-Saeed meeting

| | 15 Jul 2014, 11:40 am
New Delhi, July 15 (IBNS): Both Houses of Parliament on Tuesday witnessed uproar over the meeting of Ved Pratap Vaidik, who is a close associate of Yoga guru Baba Ramdev with 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan.

The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till noon.

Vaidik has created a row not only with his meeting but by also proposing for an independent Kashmir.

In an interview to Pakistan's Dawn News, Vaidik pressed for more power to the region, adding that if Kashmiris in both India and Pakistan were ready, then Kashmir could be made an independent country.

"Kashmiris in India as well as Pakistan should be given more power. They should have their own leader as an independent country," he said.

Vaidik, however did a partial U-turn after the interview saying that he favoured more independence for Kashmir but not secession.

"I have always been in favvuor of azadi (freedom) for the people Kashmir..Azadi yes and separation no. Kashmiri people should get the azadi same as the people of Delhi," the Ramdev aide told media.

This comes after Vaidik, who is a freelancer and a columnist, met with Saeed and went public with a social media photograph of the same. He met the Jamaat-ud-Dawa head responsible for the Mumbai attack of 2008 in Lahore on July 2, said reports.

Vaidik, who is close to the BJP camp, Baba Ramdev defended his meeting and said he met Saeed as a journalist and for a journalist no one is untouchable.

According to his Wikipedia profile, Ved Pratap Vaidik  is a scholar, political analyst and free lancer columnist of India. It says he had been with Press Trust of India as the founder-editor of its Hindi news agency “Bhasha”. Before that he was the Editor (views) in Nav Bharat Times. At present, he is the Chairman of Bhartiya Bhasha Sammelan.

Baba Ramdev  also defended Vaidik and said he met Saeed as a senior journalist and tried to change his heart.

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