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Congress targets Ramdev’s fast

Congress targets Ramdev’s fast
PTI
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First Published: Sat, Jun 04 2011. 05 18 PM IST
Updated: Sat, Jun 04 2011. 05 18 PM IST
New Delhi: Congress on Saturday targeted Baba Ramdev’s fast alleging it has been “remotely controlled or hijacked” by vested political interests with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and their several frontal organizations trying to destabilize the government through the campaign.
“It is most unfortunate that this common crusade against corruption is allowed to be remotely controlled or hijacked by vested political interests. The nation is aghast to see that BJP, RSS and their frontal organizations, which have repeatedly failed to get popular mandate, are trying to destabilize the government”, party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters here.
“By conceiving, controlling and coordinating the movement like the one at Ramlila Maidan, they are destabilizing not only the government but the nation”, he said, in almost identical comments of party general secretary Digvijay Singh who has been sharply critical of the yoga guru.
“What is Sadhvi Rithambara doing there”? said Singhvi who said “sympathizers of RSS and BJP are there at Ramlila Maidan and supporting this movement”.
“We want to solve the problem but we don’t want any unreasonable and undemocratic steps to be taken,” Singhvi said when asked why the government was holding talks with Ramdev.
Singhvi also attacked the “huge humongous” by the logistical arrangements at the Ramlila Maidan where food, water and necessities are available for lakhs of people.
“Apart from private jets, there have been transportation arrangements and five-star facilities in the name of fast. There is a mini-city within city. Who is financing these logistical operations?” he asked.
The nation “legitimately” wants to know what principles those who are revolting against black money and corruption are adhering to.
Sighvi emphasized that the UPA government has taken several measures to combat corruption and suggested that its works in this regard was “unparallelled”.
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First Published: Sat, Jun 04 2011. 05 18 PM IST