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Hazare condemns blackening of Sonia's poster

india Updated: Jan 16, 2012 21:31 IST
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Anna Hazare on Monday condemned the blackening of Congres President Sonia Gandhi's poster in Delhi, saying it was not good for democracy.

"Sonia Gandhi's poster has been blackened. This is not good for democracy. We condemn this incident," he said.

Angry over the attack on Baba Ramdev, his followers today gathered outside Congress headquarters and threw black ink on Sonia Gandhi's poster, triggering a clash between Congressmen and supporters of the yoga guru.

The Gandhian had also denounced as an attempt to "blacken democracy" the incident in which a man threw black ink at Ramdev last week and said such attacks will not deter "people's movements".

"This is not an attempt to blacken the face of Ramdev. This is an attempt to blacken democracy," Hazare had said in a statement from his village where he is convalescing after a bout of bronchitis.

Kamran Siddiqui, an NGO worker, had thrown black ink at the yoga guru at a press conference in New Delhi, apparently in retaliation to Ramdev's response to a question on the Batla House encounter.