Anti-Corruption

Govt Justifies Action Against Ramdev; Says No Further Talks

Digvijay calls him a Thug, Lalu a front for RSS

BeyondHeadlines  News Desk

New Delhi: The government on Sunday ruled out any further talks with the Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev.

Union Minister Subodh Kant Sahay, who was negotiating with Swami Ramdev, said, “There is nothing left to discuss…Whatever talks had to happen have already happened.”

Kapil Sibal, made it clear that the police action had the backing of the gocernment and the ruling Congress party. He said, “No such action takes place without 100 per cent unity in the government and the party.”

File photo of Swami Ramdev

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal justified government’s action and said that it became necessary to maintain law and order and was “not a crackdown.” He said, “Didn’t see reason and the government had to act.”

Sibal added, “It was not a yoga platform but a political platform.”

There has been furore in the political circle after the late night drama at the Ramlila Maidan, when Ramdev was detained and later packed to Haridwar. BJP, RSS, Shiv Sena and several civil rights activists, including justice Santosh hedge have called it violations of fundamental rights.

BJP is even planning its own Satyagrah now.

Congress leader Digvijay Singh called justified the government action and called Swami Ramdev a thug. He said, “Permission was given for the yoga shivir, but he started a hunger strike, which is against the rules. Therefore, the police took action.”

He further added that Ramdev has been “duping people for ages and now he wanted to fool the government.”

RJD leader Lalu Prasad too echoed him. He told reporters, “This is not how a sadhu should speak. The most dangerous thing is that the RSS is using the Baba as a front for its activities. They are trying to push him forward.”

He also raised the issue of sharing of dais by Sadhvi Rithambhara, one of the accused in the Babarai demolition case.

While the left parties maintained restrained and blamed the government for the mess and not taking all parties in confidence in dealing with Anna Hazare and Ramdev.

 

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