Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar made a second attempt in as many days to persuade yoga guru Ramdev to end an indefinite fast against corruption — once again in vain.
“If he is adamant, I am also adamant that I will stay here as long as it takes for him to give up his fast,” Sri Sri said on Saturday after meeting Ramdev for 40 minutes at Dehradun’s Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust.
Sri Sri, who runs the famous Art of Living Foundation, said he had spoken to Union law minister Veerappa Moily on the issue, and the minister had told him the government, too, wanted Ramdev to end his fast.
He, however, clarified the Union government did not ask him to negotiate with Ramdev of its behalf.
Ramdev, who has been fasting since June 4, was admitted to the hospital on Friday after his condition deteriorated. Sri Sri had met him on Friday too with a plea to end his fast.
“I am elder than Baba Ramdev and I know that he would not refuse me,” Sri Sri said. “I am sure that I will eventually persuade him to end the fast at any cost.”
On Friday, ten disciples of Ramdev ended their fast after Sri Sri gave them limewater and honey.Sri Sri had cut short a foreign trip on learning of a police crackdown on the venue of Ramdev’s fast in Delhi on June 4, which forced Ramdev to shift to Haridwar.
The Union government also denied it had not sought Sri Sri's help in negotiating with the yoga guru.
“There is no back door or open door talks with anyone,” Moily said in Bangalore.
“Sri Sri Ravi Shankar spoke to me from Berlin and also upon his return to the country and asked me what is happening. He expressed his concern over what is happening and said he would speak to Ramdev.”
The minister added he had given Sri Sri permission to cite his name during talks with Ramdev.