‘BJP today is the best friend of Lashkar-e-Toiba’

Karan Thapar, anchor of the newly launched CNBC-TV18 weekend show War of Words, to Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Rajya Sabha member and spokesman of the Bharatiya Janata Party:

“You call yourself the premier nationalist party in the country. I put it to you that you have done more to inflame separatism and militancy [in Kashmir] than anyone else today, so much so that [pro-Pakistani Hurriyat leader] Syed Ali Shah Geelani publicly thanks the BJP for reviving the flagging separatist sentiment [in the Valley].

“And let me quote to you what the information secretary of the Lashkar-e-Toiba has said in a press release: ‘We pray to God that the BJP comes to power again. Then we will emerge stronger.’

“You are today the best friend of the LeT.”

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