Ramdev treated, Nigamananda left to die?
All Indian Congress Committee General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi said that it was "very unfortunate and saddening" that the chief Minister of a party, which does not stop swearing in the name of Ganga and Ram, was busy paying his attention to the other "political game" but did not take notice of Nigamanand.He described the seer as a person who was agitating for saving Ganga River and checking illegal mining with firm determination and in a spirit of "true satyagraha."
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Image: Baba Ramdev being rushed to hospital by his supporters
'BJP ignored Nigamananda admitted to the same hospital as Ramdev'
The seer died on Monday after a record 114-day long hunger strike demanding immediate stopping of quarrying in the Ganga.
The 36-year-old seer of Haridwar-based Matri Sadan Ashram was on indefinite fast since February 19 also demanding shifting of Himalayan stone crusher from Kumbh mela area.
Dwivedi said that it would have been better had everybody including media would have paid attention on him as he was fighting injustice and social and economic problems.He said that there was a need for public awareness on the issue so that such an incident is not repeated in future.
Image: Swami Nigamanand died on Monday
'Uttarkhand govt reluctant to take action against illegal mining on Ganga banks'
"In view of the fact that the state government has demonstrated a continued reluctance to take action against illegal mining, I think, we will have no option but to invoke Section 5 of the Environment Protection Act and take action on our own," the minister said reacting to a volley of questions on the death of the swami.
Recalling a letter he had sent to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal "Nishank" on January 6, last year, asking him to take steps to end illegal sand mining in the stretches of River Ganga at Haridwar, Ramesh said, "Unfortunately, no action was coming from the state government over the last 15 months or 16 months.""I am extremely sorry that the swami who were fasting has died. It should not have happened. I have myself been to Maitri Sadan twice and I have spoken to the chief minister on a number of occasions that illegal mining is rampant in Uttarakhand. But no action was taken," the minister said.
'Asked Pokhriyal to take action against mining mafia'
Ramesh said he had requested Pokhriyal to carry out action against the mining mafia in the state particularly in Haridwar according to law, which he is empowered to do so.
The minister said on December 9, 2009, he had sent a team of officers from the Ministry to investigate the issue of illegal mining around Haridwar and given Pokhriyal a copy of a report that was prepared by them and invited his attention to the conclusions of the report.
"According to law, minor minerals is a responsibility of the state government major minerals is a responsibility of the Central government," he said.
Image: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal