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Brinda says she supports the cause not the man

At one point CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat was perhaps the staunchest critic of Baba Ramdev and had alleged that the ayurvedic medicines prepared by the yoja guru contained animal parts and human bones. Jayanth Jacob reports.

delhi Updated: Jun 07, 2011 00:07 IST
Jayanth Jacob

At one point CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat was perhaps the staunchest critic of Baba Ramdev and had alleged that the ayurvedic medicines prepared by the yoja guru contained animal parts and human bones.

After voicing her support against the police action on Ramdev, she has now made it clear that it was not Ramdev but the issue that he has raised that she is supporting.

"I am not getting into that now (her previous criticism of the yoga guru). But when I raised those issues, Congress was supporting him. Let us focus on black money and corruption now," Karat said.

"What has happened now makes people question the credibility of Ramdev, Congress party and the Centre government," Karat told HT.

"Ramdev was engaged in secret talks with the government, far away from the presence of his followers. The Congress party is not serious about addressing the issue of black money. Look at the way they treated the entire issue, first four cabinet ministers received him. Then he was evicted, which is deplorable as there was no law and order issue was involved."

Maintaining that the "communal elements" present at the yoga guru's meeting indicate his "ideological biases," she alleged that Congress now stands "exposed" after failing in its game of "trying to create conflicts and divide the movements of Anna Hazare and Ramdev".

Alleging that the government had not taken the issues seriously. She said, "Black money and corruption are very serious issues. The past few days' developments also make it clear that the Congress party and the UPA government are not serious about tackling the issue of black money."