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Centre did not ask me to negotiate with Ramdev: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

PTI  Dehra Dun, June 11, 2011
First Published: 19:18 IST(11/6/2011) | Last Updated: 19:35 IST(11/6/2011)

Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Saturday said that the Centre has not asked him to negotiate with Baba Ramdev for ending his fast but he will still persist with the yoga guru to call off his hunger strike.

"No. Nobody in the central government has said anything to me and I have come here on my own. I will keep meeting him till he breaks it," Ravi Shankar said when asked if someone from the government got in touch with him on the issue.

"If government wants, I am ready to do anything... whatever the nation needs," he said.

Ravi Shankar said Ramdev was "too weak to say anything" when he was asked if the yoga guru had put forth some demands.

"I have come to know that his blood pressure and pulse rate is fluctuating. I have requested him to break his fast. I am older to him and I have advised him that for nation's sake he should give up his fast.

"Though he is determined, I am adamant to. I will get his fast broken," Ravi Shankar told reporters after meeting Ramdev at the Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences for about an hour in Dehra Dun.

Earlier, a Patanjali Yogpeeth spokesperson said that former President APJ Abdul Kalam called up Ramdev and asked him to break his fast.

Ramdev was admitted to the hospital here as his health began deteriorating after he began his fast in his ashram in neighbouring Haridwar.

A medical bulletin of Ramdev, issued earlier by the hospital, said his pulse rate and blood pressure were stabilising slowly and there was an improvement in his health.

Dr SL Jethani, medical superintendent of the hospital said Ramdev's liver and kidneys were functioning normally.

Ramdev was being administered being administered intervenous fluid - glucose and normal saline - following which his condition improved, doctors had said.

The 46-year-old yoga exponent was admitted to the ICU immediately after he was brought to the hospital on Friday.

Ramdev is on an indefinite hunger strike against black money and corruption at Patanjali Yogpeeth in Dehra Dun.

Meanwhile, Uttarakhand chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank visited Ramdev at the hospital in Dehra Dun.

"His condition is not normal. Ramdev's blood pressure and pulse rate are continuously fluctuating. If it continues, there may be a stage where he may go into comma.

"His health is being monitored. Our team is here and they are continuously taking care of his health. We are doing whatever we can do to save his life," he told reporters.

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