Cong, RLD leaders helped publish magazine on riots

Lucknow
Not only BJP leaders but even local Congress and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leaders reportedly helped — with either money or content or both — in the publication of the magazine, Faisla Aapka? Bharat: Darool Harab ya Darool Islam, which is being distributed in western UP districts by BJP leader and former minister Sudhir Kumar Baliyan and counsel of some Hindu victims in Muzaffarnagar riots, Jagbir Singh.

Jagbir, who is also the magazine's author, claimed that these Congress and RLD leaders even attended the function held to launch the magazine in Delhi on December 17.

The magazine accuses SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav of using Muslim youths involved in crimes to orchestrate the riots, with the aim to win votes in the Lok Sabha elections.

Baliyan claimed more than 50 people have made financial contributions for the magazine's publication and they would be named in the next edition.

The first edition has a list of 18 contributors who belong to the BJP, RLD, Bharatiya Kisan Union and various social organisations, confirmed Baliyan. The list names Jat Siksha Sabha headed by RLD leader Virendera Pal Lodha of Baghpat district who, according to the magazine, has given Rs 11,000.

When contacted, Lodha said, "Jagbir Singh and Sudhir Baliyan had come to me seeking financial help for the magazine. Secretary of the Jat Siksha Sabha made the contribution."

Lodha claimed his organisation's name should not have been printed in the magazine, as he does not want to be associated with such kind of book.

Gajendra Singh 'Neelkanth', the Meerut district president of Sainik Prakosth of RLD, said he attended the magazine launch in Delhi, as it was related to the Muzaffarnagar riots . "I run a campaign in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining districts to maintain harmony among Jats and Muslims," he said and added that he did not donate money for the magazine.

Congress's women wing leader Geeta Jain and another Congress leader Narendra Pal Verma — both from Muzaffarnagar— also attended the magazine launch. "I attended the event in Delhi on the invitation of BJP leader Sudhir Baliyan. "I have a copy of the magazine but I could not read it because of poor printing quality," said Jain

She denied having made any monetary contributions for the magazine.

Narendra Pal Verma, who has been the Congress president of Muzaffarnagar between 2006 and 2011, claimed: "I did not give money but attended the book release programme on the invitation of its author, Jagbir Singh."

Ashok Baliyan, former RLD leader who runs an NGO in western UP, said, "I provided over two dozen cuttings of newspaper reports related to the riots. I did not help financially."

Former BJP MLA from Dayalbagh (now Agra Rural) Chaudhary Udaibhan Singh has contributed Rs 11,000 for the magazine. "The facts about Muzaffarnagar riots and Muslims given in the magazine are correct and I support it." An RSS worker, Singh is seeking BJP ticket from Fatehpur Sikri Lok Sabha seat.

Former MLA and currently Nagar Palika Chairman in Baraut, K P Malik, who left RLD and joined the BJP a few weeks ago, contributed Rs 21,000.

Former MLA from Chhaprauli Gajendra Singh Munna, who left the Congress to join the BJP recently, gave Rs 11,000. Another BJP leader Jai Prakash Tomar has given Rs 11,000 for the magazine. Tomar is an aspirant for BJP ticket from Amroha Lok Sabha seat.

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