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Defeat Congress in 2014: Baba Ramdev

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, December 16, 2012
First Published: 12:07 IST(16/12/2012) | Last Updated: 12:09 IST(16/12/2012)

Hitting out at the Congress, yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Saturday called for the party’s defeat in the 2014 Lok Sabha election.

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Calling the party names, the anti-black money activist stressed on the significance of people’s support for a mass transformation that he said was necessary for the development of the country.

“The ruling party comprises people who have studied in Oxford, Cambridge and other foreign universities. It is high time we remove this party from the political scene. If we fail to do so, it would be unfortunate for the country,” he said while addressing a huge gathering marking the death anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at the Patel Park in Hazratganj in Lucknow.

“What is the danger that the Congress perceives in bringing back black money from abroad or declaring it a national asset?” he asked

Ramdev also claimed that the funds that would come in by way of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail was just a fraction of the black money stashed abroad.

He also said that black money to the tune of Rs.100- 150 lakh crore was stashed abroad while Rs.900- 1300 lakh crore was available in the country.

“You should take the message to your villagers. Those in power have amassed black money to the tune of Rs.1000- 1500 lakh crores. It is not my data, it has been revealed by various agencies over the years,” he added.

“In 1995, nearly 40% of GDP was declared black, you can yourself estimate the percentage today,” he said.

He also accused the Congress of promoting dynastic politics. “Over 99% of the welfare and developmental schemes are named after a single family. Has any scheme been named after Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Bhagat Singh or Rani Laxmi Bai?” he asked.

He also stressed on the need for economic transformation and said that he would go among the people to spread the message. “My movement has no political motive. It has a social and democratic agenda,” he said.

“I have mobilised over 50 lakh people and we will definitely see the results,” he added.

Ramdev also condemned the on-going reservation debate in Uttar Pradesh. He said it was time for representation, instead of debating reservation.


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