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Baba Ramdev to make public his assets details today

india Updated: Jun 09, 2011 13:38 IST

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With questions being raised over his huge assets, Baba Ramdev will make public on Thursday his personal financial details and also the assets of firms and trusts associated with him.

Ramdev said that he will make public all financial details of Patanjali Yogapeeth and all his companies by Thursday evening on the website. He also said that a copy of the details will be given to the media.

Ramdev also defended his statement to give arms training to 11,000 young men and women. He said that the arms training will be given for self-protection and not for attacking or destroying someone.

Under attack for his proposal to raise an armed force, Baba Ramdev on Thursday said he was not trying to train terrorists or Maoists but only wanting to set up a "nationalist" force.

"I am not making terrorists, Naxalites and Maoists. I am only developing a nationalist force. It is for self-defence," Ramdev, who is continuing his fast against corruption, told his followers at Patanjali Yogapeeth in Haridwar.

He was reacting to a volley of criticism on his plans to raise a 11,000-strong force to deal with police and anti-social elements attempting to disrupt his anti-corruption campaign.

"If our women are able to safeguard themselves then nobody will dare to harm them and if our men are able then they can defend any Ramlila ground-type attack," he said.

"My words should be taken in the right context. People should understand what I have said.I want to train them for
self-defence. Shaastra means knowledge and shastra means self-defence," Ramdev said, referring to his comments
on Wednesday that young men will be trained in both shaastra (vedas) and shastra (weapons).

Criticising the yoga guru, home minister P Chidambaram had said on Wednesday that "by making that statement, he (Ramdev) has exposed his true colours and true intentions. Let him do so and the law will deal with that..You have to observe some discipline".

"It is anti-national and we have to take action," said V Narayanswamy, minister of state in the Prime Minister's
Office.

Congress said Ramdev's call for an armed rebellion is a serious issue and hoped that the government will take
appropriate action to uphold the Constitution and maintain law and order.

With PTI inputs