Don't want to take names and divert focus: Ramdev
As Arvind Kejriwal made an abrupt exit from the joint fast venue after Ramdev objected to personal remarks against politicians, the yoga guru on Sunday said he wanted to run his movement with dignity and not to divert focus from the issue by targeting individuals. Kejriwal storms out of fast | Joint fastUpdated: Jun 03, 2012, 22:29 IST
As Arvind Kejriwal made an abrupt exit from the joint fast venue after Ramdev objected to personal remarks against politicians, the yoga guru on Sunday said he wanted to run his movement with dignity and not to divert focus from the issue by targeting individuals.
"Hum shaleenta se aandolan ko aage badhana chahte hai. Hum kisi ka nam lekar aandolan ko muddo se bhatkana nahi chahte hai. (We wish to run the movement with dignity. We do not want to take names and divert the attention from the issue," he said in a statement in Delhi on Sunday evening.
His remarks came as Team Anna member Kejriwal left the dais of the joint fast by Ramdev and Anna Hazare here this afternoon.
During his speech at Jantar Mantar, Ramdev had downplayed the incident.
Virtually snubbing Arvind Kejriwal, Ramdev disapproved of his comments against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other politicians during his fast along with Anna Hazare saying he was against personal criticism.
Soon after Kejriwal, who was on fast along with Anna Hazare and the yoga guru, finished his speech, Ramdev took the microphone and said, "Today, we thought that we will not take anybody's name. But Arvind took the names."
"We don't want any controversies. Arvind does not have any enmity with anyone. The names have been taken in some context. We are against personal criticism", he said.
Ramdev claimed that the understanding was that they will not take names to ensure that the focus on the issue is not diverted.
On the other hand , the Congress on Sunday hit out at Ramdev and Team Anna for attacking the UPA government over corruption saying that their "mindset" is exposed as they did not name anyone from the BJP, despite the "glaring" graft charges against a number of oppposition party leaders.
"They have taken so many names against whom they claim to have evidence of corruption. But they have not taken any name from the BJP. They are unable to look at people with glaring corruption charges like former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, former BJP President Bangaru Laxman or Reddy brothers. It shows their mindset," party spokesperson Rashid Alvi said.
Regarding the decision of Team Anna and Ramdev to start fresh agitations in August over the issue of black money and corruption, Alvi merely said people have a constitutional right to do so if they desire.
LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan took a jibe at Hazare and Ramdev over the agitation saying "elections are due in 2014.
Ramdev has also formed a party. Anna Hazare should contest elections with him and let the people elect the so-called clean persons."
He said that their agitation is "politically motivated".