The BJP again raked up the 2004 Ishrat Jehan case on Monday accusing the Congress party of having underplayed “a terror plot” against the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi because it was “mortified” of fighting him politically.
The BJP attack came after a media report said the then Home Minister P Chidambaram had signed the first affidavit in the encounter case, which he had reportedly denied earlier.
“You underplayed a terror plot that could eliminate (Modi). You are clearly admitting that you cannot fight this politically. So eliminate or allow to eliminate or encourage elimination of the leader who you are mortified of fighting politically.
“…we (Congress) do everything possible in our hand to make sure that we make it appear that he is against some section, projected as if there is no terror threat against him,” Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told a press conference at the BJP headquarters.
The Congress and Chidambaram reacted to the development saying the BJP was ignoring and diluting the “real” issue of “fake” encounter in which Ishrat Jehan was killed. Chidambaram said he cannot comment on the issue of the first affidavit without perusing the files and notings.
But, he said, the BJP was ignoring the “real” issue of the “fake” encounter in which Ishrat Jehan was killed. Chidambaram said the second affidavit was filed in the case after thorough consultation with the then Home Secretary and Attorney General.
“My public statements on why the second affidavit was filed after due and full consultation with the Home Secretary and the Attorney General are self-explanatory. I have nothing to add,” he said in a statement.