Ramdev warns Centre of mass revolt if arrested
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Monday warned the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre of a revolt across the nation if it took action against him. HT reports.Updated: Jun 07, 2011 00:01 IST
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Monday warned the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre of a revolt across the nation if it took action against him.
“The UPA government will be responsible if I am arrested. A mass revolt will shake the government,” he told mediapersons in Haridwar, where he has resumed his interrupted anti-corruption fast at Patanjali Yogpeeth.
Ramdev thanked the Supreme Court for seeking the Centre and Delhi government’s response on the police crackdown on him and his followers at the Ramlila ground in Delhi after midnight on Saturday.
“Hopefully, we will get justice,” he said. Referring to the crackdown, he said, “I have respect for the Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) on a personal level, but he did not discharge his national duty (unhone rastra dharm nahi nibhayaa).”
Ramdev said barring the Congress, his fight against corruption was getting support from all the other political parties. He added people across the country were supporting his crusade. “Reports from several parts of the country suggest people are furious with the union government. Many markets have been shut.”
He said he was in no mood to soften his stand against the Centre and reiterated there was a threat to his life.
Ramdev said he would support social activist Anna Hazare, who is also leading an anti-graft fight through the proposed Lokpal bill.
Asked about the incident of a man posing as a journalist trying to hit Congress media department chairman Janardan Dwivedi with a shoe — apparently miffed over the police crackdown — at the party’s headquarters in Delhi, he replied, “I condemn such incidents, it is against the spirit of Hindu culture.”
Meanwhile, former BJP leader Uma Bharti met Ramdev and expressed solidarity with his fight. She said black money stashed abroad was a national issue and she supported his crusade against it.
She rubbished talks of Ramdev having unaccounted wealth. “Having wealth does not mean he is corrupt,” she added.
First Published: Jun 06, 2011 23:59 IST