BJP backs Baba Ramdev, Akhara Parishad wants his ban from Maha Kumbh Mela

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baba-ramdev-in-actionAug 10, New Delhi: As yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s fast enters second day on Friday, he asked his supporters to join him in his anti-corruption movement as ‘trainees’ in Haridwar, where they can fast for a longer time.

Thousands of people from states like Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh were seen at the venue yesterday. Today being Krishna Janmashtami and most of offices closed, it has to be seen whether the Delhiites come forward to support Ramdev as they did for Anna Hazare in August last year.

Returning to Ramlila Maidan here where he was bundled out in a midnight police crackdown in June last year, Ramdev yesterday said if the government fail to indicate its course of action on these and other demands he would announce his future strategy on Saturday.

Ramdev’s second round of protest witnessed an expansion of his agenda from black money to Lokpal Bill, making CBI independent and a more transparent procedure for appointing Election Commissioners, CAG, CVC and CBI director.

Ramdev said he has no political agenda and was not keen on indefinite fast and protests. “There will be no fast-unto-death. There is no indefinite fast. We will go without food and water for three days. I am giving a final warning to the government to take a decision on government within three days.

Meanwhile, All India Akhara Parishad, an apex body of seers, today sought a ban on the entry of yoga guru Ramdev in the maha kumbh mela at Prayag for allegedly showing disrespect to freedom fighters.

“We are demanding a ban on the entry of Ramdev in Prayag kumbh for showing disrespect to our freedom fighters”, said Baba Hathyogi, a spokesman of the Parishad.

Hathyogi’s comments came amid a controversy in New Delhi where Ramdev’s close aide Balkrishna’s poster were shown along with Mahatama Gandhi and other freedom fighters. He said the demand to seek a ban on Ramdev at Kumbh mela came after the “disrespect” shown to the freedom fighters.

According to another report, Bhartiya Janata Party(BJP), today, backed Baba Ramdev by saying that the government should take a firm decision to address concerns on the issue.

“If he (Ramdev) is sitting on a dharna then it is for the country’s sake. The entire country should extend support to him. Because the issue of bringing back black money has been raised by L K Advani. We want that black money stashed outside should return to the country,” BJP MP Shanwaz Hussain told reporters outside Parliament.

Hussain said government came out with a White Paper on black money issue but “it was more of a black paper than a white because no names were mentioned in it”. BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said such a movement was the need of the hour.

“The Bharatiya Janata Party has been consistently raising this issue. If any organisation or individual raise their voice, then I think it should be taken seriously. There is no need to see it in negative light. The government should contemplate and take firm decision to address the concerns,” he said.

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