"Pappu" (puppet) and "Bhondu" (dumb) will ruin the country, in the views of Yoga guru Ramdev. The dubious titles refer to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, respectively.
Only a great leader should lead a great country such as India, said Ramdev here on Thursday, adding: "'Bhondu' and 'Pappu' don't have that ability." He was at the 80th birthday celebrations of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shanta Kumar. His words come when a section in the BJP wants Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi to run for PM.
Taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi in the context of the speculation that he was the Congress horse in the dash to 7 Race Course Road, Ramdev said a man who celebrated his birthday in a foreign country when thousands of people in motherland were dying in a natural calamity (in Uttrakhand) was unfit to lead the country.
Ramdev said the credibility of politicians was at stake, there was a "political vacuum" in the county, and those given the responsibility to run India were plundering it. "Why should we believe those people? Rome will not rule the country of Om," said Ramdev, referring to Rahul's half-Italian descent.
"The country is rather burning," the yoga guru said, criticising the union government for India's failing fiscal health. "There is anarchy all around.
Sometimes it seems we don't have a Prime Minister. The entire system has collapsed in the UPA (United Progressive Alliance (UPA) rule," he added, accusing the Congress of mortgaging the country to multinational companies.
Resolving to expose corruption in the UPA rule, Ramdev said he planned to launch Bharat Bhraman (India travel) from Madhya Pradesh on Friday but now it had started from Palampur. "I will not set foot in Patanjali Yogpeeth until the UPA is thrown out of power," he said, calling upon people to join his movement.
Later, at a press conference, he supported Modi as prime ministerial candidate, he seemed a man committed to development and one who could prevent corruption. "General public wants to see Modi as PM," said Ramdev, asking veteran BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani to "gauge the public mood" and "give a chance to young leaders".
BJP national general secretary Jagat Prakash Nadda; man in charge of party affairs in Himachal Pradesh, Balbir Punj; former chief minister of Himachal Pradesh Prem Kumar Dhumal; and state BJP chief Satpal Satti were present.