Khanduri meets Koshiyari, raises speculation of new alignment
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 14:08
Dehradun: Signalling a new political alignment against Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, two senior BJP leaders belonging to rebel camp had a closed door meeting, the second such exercise in a week.

Former chief minsters B C Khanduri and B S Koshiyari had a closed-door meeting for nearly an hour yesterday here.

It was not known what transpired between the two leaders. But party sources said they discussed a wide-range of issues in the state, where the BJP government is embroiled in a series of alleged scandals.

Khanduri, who was replaced by Nishank after the party performed badly in the last Lok Sabha elections losing all the five seats held by BJP, drove to Koshiyari's residence for the meeting.

When contacted, Koshiyari dismissed the meeting as "just a courtesy call" by the former chief minister.

"Last week I went to meet Khanduri. And yesterday, he came to my home," he said.

On whether the meeting should be seen as a new political alignment against Nishank, Koshiyari retorted, "There should be no threat to Nishank. He is running the government very well."

Khanduri parried questions from reporters about the meeting, saying "I don't discuss party matters with media."

A BJP spokesman said media should not to make too much interpretation of the meeting. "I think it is a good move for the state BJP that the two leaders have met sinking their differences. It will auger well for the party in the coming Assembly elections in 2012," he added.


First Published: Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 14:08

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