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Emissary row: Saraf denies carrying message from BJP

Srinagar: Mystery still surrounded the claim by Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani that Narendra Modi had sent two emissaries to him carrying a message with a LJP leader whose named surfaced maintaining today

PTI [ Updated: April 20, 2014 22:23 IST ]
emissary row saraf denies carrying message from bjp
emissary row saraf denies carrying message from bjp

Srinagar: Mystery still surrounded the claim by Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani that Narendra Modi had sent two emissaries to him carrying a message with a LJP leader whose named surfaced maintaining today he met him but not as an emissary.


Sanjay Saraf, who belongs to Ram Vilas Paswan's LJP that is part of the NDA, confirmed that he had met Geelani but dismissed reports that he had carried any message from the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate to the hardline Hurriyat leader.

Lok Janshakti Party(LJP) National Youth President Saraf said his relations with the separatist leader were "personal".

"I have been meeting Geelani for the past so many years. I have not met him in the context that has been reported," Saraf told PTI in Srinagar.

Saraf said he rushed to Srinagar from Bihar after he was named as one of the emissaries of Modi that Geelani claimed had called on him for opening a dialogue with the BJP leader.

"This is a completely baseless report. I have not met Geelani since he was taken to Delhi for treatment in early March this year," he said.

Asked about media reports identifying him as one of the two emissaries, Saraf said he was exploring legal options against a daily which carried the report for "spreading falsehood and dragging my name into something that I was never part of".

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