Tripura Assembly Elections: MHA denies NSA Ajit Doval's presence in BJP's 'political' meeting, refutes CPM's allegations

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval did not attend any political meeting at the residence of Home Minister Rajnath Singh on 14 January as alleged by the CPM

PTI January 17, 2018 17:54:26 IST
Tripura Assembly Elections: MHA denies NSA Ajit Doval's presence in BJP's 'political' meeting, refutes CPM's allegations

New Delhi: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval did not attend any political meeting at the residence of Home Minister Rajnath Singh on 14 January as alleged by the CPM but participated in a regular security review meet on that day, the home ministry said on Wednesday.

Tripura Assembly Elections MHA denies NSA Ajit Dovals presence in BJPs political meeting refutes CPMs allegations

File image of India's National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. Reuters

On Monday, the Tripura unit of the CPM requested the Election Commission to look into an "election meeting" of the BJP, alleging it was attended by Doval.

The tenure of the 60-member Tripura Assembly ends on 14 March and polls are due in the state.

In a statement, the Ministry of Home Affairs said attention has been drawn to reports that officials attended a political meeting at the residence of the home minister on last Sunday.

It said that there is a well-established practice of the home minister holding a regular morning meeting to review national security and public order.

These meetings are attended by senior members of the internal security establishment, the ministry said.

"As per the practice, such a meeting was also held on 14 January at the home minister's residence which was attended by the regular members of the group, including the NSA.

"These officials did not participate in any other meeting at the home minister's residence on that day," the statement said.

In a letter written to the chief election commissioner, Tripura CPM secretary Bijan Dhar had alleged that the BJP violated norms by engaging the NSA for a political purpose.

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