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Ordinance withdrawal 'strangulation of democracy': Ramdev

PTI  Raipur, October 03, 2013
First Published: 16:47 IST(3/10/2013) | Last Updated: 20:02 IST(3/10/2013)
A day after the Union Cabinet withdrew a controversial ordinance on convicted lawmakers it had earlier cleared, yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Thursday termed the decision as "strangulation of democracy" as it was effected after condemnation by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

 
"After Rahul Gandhi's rejection of the ordinance on convicted lawmakers, UPA took back the ordinance which was earlier cleared by Dr Manmohan Singh-led Cabinet...It's a clear-cut strangulation of democracy...It indicates that not the UPA but the mother and son are running the country," said Ramdev without taking names of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
 
Ramdev claimed that Congress-led UPA government will bite the dust in 2014 elections and Narendra Modi-led NDA will form the government at the Centre.
 
"Narendra Modi and NDA will win more than 300 seats in next year's Lok Sabha polls whereas Congress-led UPA will be reduced to 100 seats," Ramdev said.
 
He said Congress will be decimated and become "history" after 2013 Assembly and 2014 Lok Sabha elections due to massive corruption under its watch.
 
"During over 60 years of its rule, Congress has done nothing except looting the country," he said.
 
Ramdev alleged Congress was specifically targeting Narendra Modi because of the formidable challenge he is posing to the Congress as BJP's prime ministerial nominee, besides targeting RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and himself.
 
"Congress is defaming Modi and presenting him as an offender and a terrorist by illegally dragging his name in several cases. Even I am being implicated in cases of tax evasion and others," Ramdev alleged.
 
Ramdev had alleged that the UPA government at the Centre could be behind his "illegal" detention at Heathrow airport in London recently, a charge that was dismissed by the UPA later.

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