Nothing wrong in Operation Bluestar memorial: Ramdev
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev sees nothing wrong in building a memorial to those killed during Operation Bluestar in June 1984. "It's a good thing if communities preserve and protect their heritage and history," Baba told journalists in Amritsar on Thursday when asked about his views on the memorial coming up under the guidance of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) inside the holy place.punjab Updated: Jul 05, 2012 23:58 IST
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev sees nothing wrong in building a memorial to those killed during Operation Bluestar in June 1984."It's a good thing if communities preserve and protect their heritage and history," Baba told journalists in Amritsar on Thursday when asked about his views on the memorial coming up under the guidance of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) inside the holy place.
The Baba, who is once again gearing up to take on the central government on the issues of corruption and black money stashed abroad, was in the holy city to mobilise supporters and members of Bharat Swabhimaan Trust from all over Punjab for his August 9 anti-corruption rally at Ram Lila Maidan in New Delhi.
When asked about his stand on the manner in which the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal had handled the case of Balwant Singh Rajoana, sentenced to death in the Beant Singh assassination case and declared a 'zinda shaheed' (living martyr) by the Akal Takht, he quipped, "I am not aware of the Rajoana case. Please relate your questions only to corruption."
However, later the yoga guru asserted that all those responsible for the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 should be punished. "The Congress made a Sikh the PM to assuage the feelings of the community. But the Sikh PM (Manmohan Singh) too failed to give justice to the community, what to talk of giving justice to the nation," he remarked.
Yoga guru Ramdev today called Manmohan Singh a "feeble" Prime Minister and asked his followers in Punjab to participate in his protest against the UPA to be held in Delhi on August 9.
The yoga guru held a meeting with his disciples in Punjab in the holy city and asked them to join his stir next month accusing the UPA of failing to bring back Indian black money kept in foreign banks and reining in inflation.
The rally has the support of Anna Hazare, he said. Talking to reporters, Ramdev described Singh as a "feeble Prime Minister unable to initiate action against party leaders steeped in corruption".
The Congress appointed Singh as Prime Minister because it knew he would never speak out against the wrongdoings of the party leaders, he alleged.
Accusing Singh of never attempting to do anything for justice to the 1984 riot victims despite being a Sikh, he said the country should not expect much from a person who couldn't do anything even for his own community.
Demanding speedy justice for the victims of Delhi (1984), Gujarat and Orissa riots, the yoga guru said the guilty must be taken to task regardless of their political affiliations.
First Published: Jul 05, 2012 19:30 IST