AAP leader alleges that the BJP is turning into ISI
Pouncing on the controversy created by the arrest of an alleged ISI operative in Bhopal, the AAP has demanded a SC monitored probe into the BJP’s links with the ISI
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday demanded a Supreme Court (SC) monitored probe to investigate the links between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and alleged ISI agents arrested from Bhopal. Labelling it a matter of national security, AAP leader Ashutosh said, “The matter if ignored will have the same fate as the VYAPAM scam which claimed the lives of more than 40 people.”
Last week the Anti Terrorism Squad( ATS) had busted a nexus of eleven people who were running a parallel telephone exchange, and were involved in collecting and disseminating critical information from Bhopal, Jabalpur, Satna and Gwalior to recipients across the border. The arrests created a splash when Dhruv Saxena who was one of the three arrested from Bhopal was found to be actively involved with the IT wing of the BJP Youth Morcha. The controversy snowballed after photographs of Saxena with BJP National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan emerged on social media platforms.
Lashing out at the BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the AAP leader said “In the past, BJP has branded every journalist, politician, critic or even ordinary citizen as anti-national if they have spoken out against the government. After the recent events and based on factual evidence it is clear that if there is any anti national party in this country it's BJP and its mother organisation RSS which has close relations with the ISI.”
Following the arrests of Dhruv Saxena, Mohit Agrawal and Manish Gandhi from Bhopal, ATS IG Sanjeev Shami informed the media that in November two terrorists nabbed from Jammu & Kashmir had divulged information about critical details being passed on to Pakistan from Madhya Pradesh.
BJP officials denied the allegations by calling it a political conspiracy. BJP officials said that these days anyone can get themselves photographed standing next to a famous person. AAP leader Aashutosh said, “In today’s selfie generation anyone can get themselves photographed with anyone, but to stand at such close proximity on a platform being shared by the Chief Minister of the state is not something which can be ignored, it raises a question whether BJP is under the controls of ISI or is it slowly turning into ISI?”
Both the Congress and AAP had held a series of demonstrations in Bhopal following the revelations by the ATS. Senior intelligence officials had revealed that the the cohort was running a parallel telecom exchange which enabled cross-border handlers to call up military personnel posing as senior Army officers posted in Jammu and Kashmir and dig out strategic details related to operations, deployment, installations and locations. According to local newspapers from Bhopal, the 11 alleged operatives have provided information about more than 500 such sleeper agents active throughout the country.
AAP said that during the raid ATS also recovered information related to rallies and programs of BJP in various parts of the state. Targeting the Union Government for inviting the ISI to be a part of the Pathankot investigation, Minister of Law, Justice and Legislative Affairs, Kapil Mishra said, “We had raised questions when ISI was invited to join in on the Pathankot attack investigation and people did not like that language, but today PM will have to speak about this issue because ISI sleeper cells have infiltrated the top echelons of the BJP, RSS and Vishwa Hindu Parishad. These cells are manipulating and impacting key policy decisions of the government.”
Of the 11 arrested men five have been sent to judicial custody by a special court. The rest are still to be presented in front of the court. ATS is now investigating the possibility of involvement of this parallel telephone exchange in Pathankot and Uri attacks.