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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Nishank, other BJP leaders meet Ramdev aide Balkrishan

Former CM Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, along with other BJP leaders, comes out of the Suddhowala jail after meeting Balkrishan in Dehradun on Saturday. A Tribune photographDehradun, July 28
With Yoga teacher Ramdev’s aide Bal Krishan lodged in the Dehradun jail, the Uttarakhand BJP leaders have utilised the opportunity to meet him to strengthen their association.

After former Chief Minister Bhagat Singh Koshiyari paid a visit two days ago, today it was the turn of former Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank to meet the jailed aide for one hour.
Later speaking with media persons, he criticised the manner in which Balkrishan was arrested. “The Central government has been misusing the premier investigating agency for it’s own political end. Why did the CBI take 16 years to detect the forgery,” he questioned.
He said the CBI action against Balkrishan was unwarranted and he is being targeted because the Central government is afraid of the agitation under way at Jan Mantar. “Baba Ramdev would be joining the dharna and the Central government is using every trick in the book to undermine the movement,” charged Nishank. In the initial years both the Congress and BJP governments had extended support to Ramdev but the Congress party began distancing itself after Ramdev began launching attacks on the Central leadership. “The BJP cannot disown Ramdev as he has the support of the RSS and the party is keen to project itself on the side of Ramdev, especially when his aide is in jail,” said a BJP leader.

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