Raipur: The Congress in Chhattisgarh has
come out in support of appointment of civil rights activist
Binayak Sen in a key committee of the Planning Commission, a
move which has been criticised by the ruling BJP here.
Sen, a physician, has been named a member of the
Planning Commission`s committee on health.
Former chief minister and Congress leader Ajit Jogi
has justified the appointment of Sen, saying he has a long
experience in working in the tribal areas.
"There is nothing wrong if the country wants to
benefit from the services of Sen, who is a world renowned
medical expert," he said.
Chhattisgarh Congress committee member Nandkumar Patel
said the issue should not be politicised and questioned the
rationale behind the BJP`s opposition to the activist.
A court here convicted the 61-year-old public health
specialist for sedition in December last year for his links
with Maoists. After spending several months behind bars, the
pediatrician-activist was released after the Supreme Court
granted him bail last month.
The BJP has taken strong objection to Sen`s nomination
to the panel. Chief Minister Raman Singh has expressed his
displeasure over the appointment.
In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who
heads the commission, the BJP leader has highlighted Sen`s
conviction on a serious charge like sedition. As a protest,
Raman has been boycotting Plan Panel meetings.
State BJP president Ram Sevak Paikra has said the
party fully supports the Chief Minister on the issue and they
will continue to oppose Sen`s appointment at every level.