Cong trains guns on Ramdev

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Shimla
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  • Updated: Sep 13, 2013 19:55 IST

Reacting sharply to Baba Ramdev's remarks on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and All-India Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, the Congress suggested the yoga guru to join the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Congress spokesman Naresh Chauhan while addressing mediapersons hit out at Ramdev saying that he was acting like Gujarat chief minister Narender Modi's spokesperson. “It does not behoove for Baba to use derogatory language against Congress national leaders,” he said.

“People like Ramdev, who claim to be a “guru”, should avoid giving such objectionable comments against respected leaders, especially the Prime Minister” said Chauhan.

“He failed to maintain the status of a “guru” after using objectionable remarks against big leaders of the country,” he said.

Chauhan said Ramdev should become a spokesman for Modi so that people could not be misled. Chauhan accused Ramdev of running a business on the pretext of promoting yoga among general public. “Ramdev has amassed huge wealth by turning yoga into a business,” he added.

If he is a well-wisher of society, he should organise free-of-cost yoga camps so that common man could be benefitted, added Chauhan.

He said Ramdev tried to fulfill his political ambitions through floating a political outfit “Bharat Swabhiman”, but he has no right to speak about “Swabhiman” as he has been supporting the BJP.
The Congress spokesperson said former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal had allotted prime land to Ramdev at throw away prices and on coming back to power, the Congress sealed his upcoming complex since it was constructed on the land donated by late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for specific purposes.

“Now, Ramdev is spilling his outburst through such speeches in public, which is not acceptable,” he added.

Meanwhile, AICC special representative Ram Chand Mishra termed the Land Acquisition Bill that was passed by Parliament a historic achievement under which people would get right compensation for their land.

He said people would get right of rehabilitation and resettlement besides ensuring transparency in the land acquisition process.


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