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Congress backs Binayak's appointment to Plan panel

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.

Mr. 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 Mr. Sen, saying he has long experience in working in tribal areas.

“There is nothing wrong if the country wants to benefit from the services of Mr. 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 paediatrician-activist was released after the Supreme Court granted him bail last month.

The BJP has taken strong objection to his 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 Mr. Sen's conviction on a serious charge like sedition. As a protest, the Chief Minister has been boycotting Plan panel meetings.

State BJP president Ram Sevak Paikra said the party fully supported the Chief Minister on the issue and they would continue to oppose Mr. Sen's appointment at every level. -- PTI

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