Yoga guru-turned-political activist Baba Ramdev has come under fire from left, right and centre. The Congress party was already at loggerheads with Baba, but now two radical Hindu groups have jumped into the fray.
Bajrang Dal and Hindu Suraksha Samiti, the Hindu groups, which so far were vocal supporters of Baba, burnt effigies of him on Sunday for supporting the construction of a memorial in the Golden Temple.
The right-wing activists said Baba was playing into the hands of Akalis and working against the Hindus.
The protesters said if Baba failed to withdraw his statement on the Blue Star Memorial, they would boycott him during his next visit to Punjab.
Meanwhile, former youth Congress president and member of parliament (MP) Ravneet Singh Bittu said Baba had lost his mental balance or morality.
"On one hand, he claims to be fighting for restoring the national pride by raising the genuine issues. On the other hand, he is supporting the anti-national elements, who once challenged the sovereignty of India," said Bittu.
Bittu, the grandson of late chief minister Beant Singh, said that Baba had given this statement to justify the act of Shriomani Akali Dal (SAD).
He said the party had lost its credibility after honouring the killer of Beant Singh and allowing the construction of the Blue Star Memorial.
"Baba met chief minister Parkash Singh Badal a few days back. And now he is issuing the statements justifying the memorial. He must explain what favours he got from the Punjab government. And why was he supporting such elements who once waged a war against India?" asked Bittu.
Bittu said Baba had earned enough money from his yoga classes and products. "The money cannot be a lure for him. Either he has helped the Akalis in some way, or he has lost his mental balance."
The Congress leader asked Baba to make it clear whether he was a pro-national or anti-national.