New Delhi: In a bid to take the steam out
of BJP`s campaign against government on Ramdev issue, Congress
Wednesday made a big issue out of Swami Nigamanand`s death in
Uttarakhand claiming he had died of poisoning and demanded a
CBI probe into his "murder".
Drawing parallels between the assassination of Mahatma
Gandhi and the death of Nigamanand, party spokesperson
Jayanthi Natarajan said it was the same ideology that led
to both the incidents.
"This was murder. He was poisoned to death. This was
the same ideology that had led to the assassination of Mahatma
Gandhi and has now led to the poisoning and death of
"We demand CBI probe into the matter. The decision of
the Uttarakhand government to order CB-CID probe into the
matter is nothing but a whitewash. Obviously this is a
cover-up of the incident in the BJP-ruled state ," she said.
Questioning the "silence of the BJP`s national
leadership over the incident", the Congress spokesperson said
it speaks volumes about the Opposition party`s "selective
amnesia" on the issue of corruption.
"The defeaning silence of the national leadership of
BJP on the poisoning, fast and death of Nigamananda shows and
exposes double standards of BJP which talks a lot about
corruption," she said.
Natarjan questioned why the BJP leadership has not
responded to allegations of corruption in party-ruled states
like Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattishgarh and now