New Delhi: A day after black ink was poured
at Ramdev`s face, Congress and BJP on Sunday found themselves in a
difficult situation with private TV channels airing pictures
of his attacker Kamran Siddiqui purportedly in the company of
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Rajnath Singh.
Dikshit is yet to react to the picture while the former
BJP chief said he does not know when it was taken.
However, the Yoga guru himself was quick to blame the
Congress, saying, "Chief Minister of Delhi is seen in a photo
with him. And, news stories are circulating on the Internet
about this, some explanation they (Cong) must give," Ramdev
told a TV channel referring to Dikshit`s picture with
Rajnath Singh also had to answer questions as
photographs of him along with Siddiqui appeared on TV.
"I don`t know when that picture was taken, I don`t have
any information about it," Rajnath Singh said.
It was BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain who rose to Singh`s
defence. "When I had gone for the Okhla bye-election, he
(Siddiqui) had very strongly opposed us. By bringing out an
old photo and then connecting the incident to the BJP is not
the right thing," Hussain said.
Earlier, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh had
blamed the BJP and Sangh Praivar for the incident.
"To resurrect the falling influence of the BJP and
Ramdev, the Sangh Parivar has done this thing. It is the dirty
tricks department of the BJP which has done this," Digvijay
Singh had said.
Siddiqui, who has been granted bail, said the attack
was a spontaneous outburst of emotion. "People have been
saying this is a planned incident but it is not so. I have not
done this on anybody`s instruction," he said.
Siddiqui also told a TV Channel that he had campaigned
for BJP leader Rajnath Singh when he contested from Ghaziabad
but denied that he had ever been a member of the BJP.