Cong attacks BJP over Nigamananda`s death
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Last Updated: Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 23:22
New Delhi/Dehra Dun: The death of Swami Nigamananda during his fast against alleged corruption in BJP-ruled Uttarakhand provided ammunition to Congress on Tuesday to take on the opposition party for not backing his cause in the manner it did for anti-graft crusaders Ramdev and Anna Hazare.

BJP in turn accused Congress of playing "politics" over the seer's death.

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh held Uttarakhand Government responsible for the death of the 36-year-old seer of Haridwar-based Matri Sadan Ashram yesterday and threatened to take action against the mining mafia against whom he was fighting. The seer was on fast against quarrying in Ganges and illegal mining.

"In view of the fact that the State Government has demonstrated a continued reluctance to take action against illegal mining, I think, we will have no option but to invoke Section 5 of the Environment Protection Act and take action on our own," the Minister said responding to volley of questions about the death of the seer after his nearly four-month fast.

AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said it was "very unfortunate and saddening" that the Chief Minister of a party(Ramesh Pokhriyal) which does not stop swearing in the name of Ganga and Ram, was busy paying his attention to the other "political game" but did not take notice of Nigamanand.

He described the seer as a person who was agitating for saving Ganges river and checking illegal mining with firm determination and in a spirit of "true Satyagrah".

"Nigamananda was being treated in the same hospital in which Ramdev was admitted. The state government has all the information but it did not pay attention to the former," the Congress leader said.

Accusing Congress of politicising the death of Swami Nigamanand, BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad said no party leader went to see him when he was in hospital.

"When Swami Nigamanand was admitted in the hospital, no Congress leader went to see him but now it has started politics over his death," Prasad said in Dehra Dun.


First Published: Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 23:22

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