Rajbala death: Congress, BJP in war of words

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 22:06

New Delhi: The death of Ramdev`s disciple
Rajbala has led to a political slugfest between BJP and
Congress with the former accusing the government of "murder"
while the latter asking the Opposition party to refrain from
"doing politics over the dead".

Rajbala, who battled for life for almost four months in
New Delhi`s G B Pant hospital after sustaining serious spinal
injuries in the police crackdown on Ramdev`s fast at Ramlila
Maidan in June, breathed her last yesterday.
Her last rites were performed at Sonepat in Haryana today
and attended by senior BJP leader Sushama Swaraj, INLD chief
Om Prakash Chautala and others.

Launching a frontal attack on Union Minister Kapil Sibal
over the death, Swaraj said, "A day after the incident (police
action at Ramlila Ground), (Union Minister) Kapil Sibal said
that there was not even a single cane charge, not even a
single person was injured... if no one was injured, how did
Rajbala die? Kapil Sibal should answer... Rajbala sacrificed
her life."

She went on to add, "Rajbala was a disciple of Ramdev and
had gone to Delhi on his call. I met the doctors at the G B
Pant hospital who told me that her spine had broken... Her
murder will become a turning point to shake this government."

Dismissing the criticism, Congress spokesperson Rashid
Alvi said, "Nobody is responsible. I suggest BJP and Sushma
Swaraj not to politicise the issue. They should not try to
take political mileage of it. There should be no politics over
the dead."

First Published: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 22:06
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