Cong, RLD leaders helped publish magazine on riots

Lucknow

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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