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Ramdev’s call for armed rebellion unconstitutional, says Cong

Ramdev’s call for armed rebellion unconstitutional, says Cong
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First Published: Wed, Jun 08 2011. 09 39 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Jun 08 2011. 09 39 PM IST
New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday said yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s call for an armed rebellion is a serious issue and hoped that the government will take appropriate action to uphold the Constitution and maintain law and order.
Ramdev’s statement to give arms training to 11,000 young men and women to fight against corruption was “against Constitution and against the lawful elected government”, Congress spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan said.
“We would like to know is it a plan to start an armed rebellion against Centre?” she asked.
Taking exception to senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj meeting Ramdev in Haridwar on Wednesday, Natarajan asked whether BJP was also a party to the plan to start an “armed struggle”.
“Is it correct for the Leader of Opposition to meet Ramdev in Hardiwar when he has called for a war against the government? It is for the BJP to answer whether they are supporting (the plan) and what was the LoP doing there,” she said.
On whether Ramdev’s statement amounted to sedition and if he should be put behind bars, Natarajan said whatever the yoga guru has said was “completely against rule of law and the Constitution.”
“His remarks were unconstitutional and illegal. Whatever action is taken, it is for the Government to decide and it should taken appropriate action,” she said.
To a question what the Congress expects from the government, she said the home minister was aware of the action advised under the law and to maintain law and order and prevent communal polarisation.
Natarajan said there were attempts in the past weeks to subvert the Constitution, polity and democracy by communal forces who want to polarise the society.
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First Published: Wed, Jun 08 2011. 09 39 PM IST