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Baba labels himself Shivaji, steps up attack on government

Baba Ramdev today continued his attack on the UPA government, accusing it of planning "mass murder" and committing torture on his supporters. He also defended himself against accusations that he was fleeing dressed as a woman by saying that it's no weakness to be in a woman's dress.Maya says no to Baba in UP | SC issues notice on Baba's eviction | Fast and the furious| Making of chaos

india Updated: Jun 06, 2011 19:01 IST

Claiming the support of all major parties barring the Congress to his agitation, yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Monday said the Centre would not be able to bear the consequence of the satyagraha.

Ramdev claimed he escaped from the Ramlila grounds -- leaving behind his supporters -- because he feared for his life.

"I behaved like Shivaji -- I left to fight another day," he said.

When pointed out that he was fleeing from the site dressed like a woman, he said, "It was not a weakness to be in woman's dress. A mother gives birth to a man."

Lashing out at the Delhi Police for its action, he said, "Lobbying teargas shells in a closed shamiana was the most violent act of the police. Police attacked innocent women and children."

"Police did not allow any injured person to stay in hospitals," he alleged.

"I have respect for the Prime Minister on a personal level but he did not do discharge his national duty (unhone rastra dharm nahi nibhayaa)," Ramdev told reporters referring to the police crackdown at Ramlila Ground.

Asked about the organisations supporting him, he claimed, "Barring Congress, all political parties are supporting me. Though some are criticising me, I know they are supporting me from their hearts. I am getting support from everywhere including spiritual and religious organisations."

He said the "Centre will not be able to bear the consequences of the ongoing satyagraha".

Thanking the Supreme Court for taking suo motu notice of the crackdown, Ramdev said human rights organisations and the National Commission for Women should take note of the atrocities committed against innocent people including women and children in Ramlila grounds.