Sulking yoga guru Baba Ramdev is gearing up for forthcoming assembly elections in five states. Supporter of Baba are campaigning in the industrial units in Haridwar, urging people not to vote for the Congress. Although Ramdev has been refined in his speeches, but his supporters seem to have taken a different path.
Social evils, black money retrieval, exploitation of farmers and labourers and corruption are the buzzwords of Ramdev’s campaign. Pamphlets showing last year’s police crackdown at Ramlila Maidan by Delhi police are being circulated, asking people to judge on their own to choose the right candidate.
As per one of the managers from Ramdev’s camp, the Baba was supposed to address public meetings in Haridwar and Roorkee on Sunday, January 15, but officials have denied him permission to do so. Now his supporters are focusing on small meetings and Ramdev will later lead the show, after administration grants him permission.
Meanwhile, his supporters have started in-house campaigning at his industrial units, asking employees not to vote for the Congress. Besides a call letter to the people instigating them to demand change in system and government, a seven-point questionnaire is being filled up by the volunteers of Ramdev’s Bharat Swabhiman Mission. The questionnaire also asks for personal details of people, including their name, address, Vidhan Sabha constituency and contact details.
While the Congress is looking for a way to check Baba’s influence, the BJP seems to be playing the balancing act. With only one major party standing against the Congress, the BJP seems to have an upper hand amongst Baba’s supporters. The Election Commission, meanwhile, is closely monitoring the movements of Baba Ramdev.