Khanduri meets Koshiyari, raises speculation of new alignment

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.

PTI



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

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