Congress demands Nishank’s resignation

CongressDehra Dun: A day after Uttarakhand government recommended a CBI inquiry into the death of Swami Nigamanand, Congress Thursday demanded resignation from Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank alleging that the seer died due to negligence of the state government.

“The death of Nigamanand due to lack of proper medical care clearly shows that the BJP government has completely failed to discharge its duty,” spokesman of Uttarakhand Congress Legislature Party Kishore Upadhyay said.

Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank should immediately resign from the post,” he added.

Uttarakhand government yesterday recommended a CBI probe into the matter as pressure mounted on it from various quarters including Governor Margaret Alva who advised the state government to go for an independent probe.

Swami Nigamanand, who was fasting for nearly four months demanding an immediate stopping of quarrying in Ganga, had died in a hospital near here on Jun 13.

On the allegations of state government that Congress is just politicising the issue and no Congress leader had gone to see Swami Nigamanand when he was on fast in the hospital, Upadhyay said he had not only visited the Himalayan hospital when he was in coma but also tried to apprise the Chief Minister of his “critical” condition.

“When I was told by the hospital that Nigamanand’s condition was critical, I tried to approach the CM but did not succeed,” said Upadhyay, an MLA from Tehri.

The Congress leader also alleged that proper medical care was not provided to Nigamanand as the state government is under pressure of quarrying mafia.

Upadhyay claimed that he and Union Minister of state for Agriculture Harish Rawat wrote a letter to Chief Minister that Nigamanand should be shifted to AIIMS in New Delhi but no attention was given to their concerns.


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