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Ramdev’s fast a ‘nautanki’: Digvijay
Bhopal/ Bangalore/ New Delhi, Jun 12 (IANS):
Published on 12 Jun. 2011 11:27 PM IST
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Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh Sunday termed yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s nine-day fast against corruption a ‘nautanki’ (drama).
Singh was returning to Delhi on a special plane when he spoke to reporters at Raja Bhoj airport on Ramdev’s fast in Haridwar.
“If he had to continue his agitation then he should not have broken his fast. And if he had kept a fast for some demands then he should not have broken it without its fulfilment. It was all a nautanki,” said the Congress general secretary.
He added, “Ramdev had done his work, now government agencies will do their work.”
The former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh did not forget to target the Bharatiya Janata Party for supporting the yoga guru. “The BJP which had supported Ramdev also did not get anything from it.”
Singh also commented on social activist Anna Hazare on the occasion. “Anna Hazare should also not go on fast and participate constructively in the drafting committee of the Lokpal bill.”
Earlier, speaking to reporters in his home town Raghogarh in Guna, he accused Ramdev of “turning secret donations into white money”. He said the yoga guru should reveal the name of the person who “secretly donated” a helicopter to him.
“He is bringing secret donations under the tax-free category, making them white, and accumulating huge capital,” Singh said.
Ramdev is a fake baba: Cong
The Congress Sunday attacked yoga guru Baba Ramdev as a “dhongi (fake)” and sought an explanation on how he acquired Rs.1,100 crore to run his trusts.
“He is a ‘dhongi baba’ and he should tell people from where he got Rs.1,100 crore wealth,” Congress general secretary B.K. Hariprasad said while speaking to reporters here.
“Before demanding that black money be brought back and distributed among the people, he should distribute his wealth of Rs.1,100 crore to the people,” the Congress leader said on the margins of a function.
Ramdev Sunday broke his nine-day fast against corruption and for bringing back black money stashed abroad.
Hariprasad also criticized civil society members of the Lokpal bill joint drafting committee and said “some of them have to explain their source of income”.
The five civil society members of the 10-member drafting panel are social activists Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal, lawyers Shanti Bhushan and his son Prashant, and Karnataka Lokayukta (ombudsman) N. Santosh Hegde, a retired judge of the Supreme Court.
Hariprasad attacked Hegde and questioned “why has he not probed corruption charges against Yeddyurappa (Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa of the BJP).
Timeline of Ramdev’s nine-day fast
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, who was on a hunger strike since June 4 protesting against corruption, called off his fast Sunday following intervention by spiritual leaders. Here is a timeline:
* June 1: Ramdev lands in a private jet in Delhi. Four central ministers, led by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, rush to the airport to hold talks with him.
* June 2: Ramdev remains adamant on going ahead with a fast from June 4 at New Delhi’s Ramlila Ground.
* June 3: Senior union ministers make a last-ditch effort to persuade Ramdev to call off his proposed hunger strike: hold a meeting with him. The talks fail.
* June 4: Ramdev goes ahead with his hunger strike. Claims government agrees on his demand to get back black money stashed abroad, but wants a written assurance.
Minutes later, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal claims that Ramdev had promised a token strike and reveals a handwritten letter of his close aide.
* June 5: Hundreds of police personnel swoop on the protest venue early Sunday and remove Ramdev and his followers. Ramdev is taken to his ashram in Haridwar.
* June 6 and 7 - Ramdev continues fast in Haridwar.
* June 8: Hazare begins his fast at Rajghat against the police crackdown. Ramdev says he would arm his supporters if there was a repeat of the crackdown.
* June 9: Ramdev defends his statement of arming supporters, saying his statement was taken in the wrong context. He also clarified he was not training Maoists, but nationalists.
* June 10: The fast continues. Doctors monitoring him say Ramdev’s “weight loss” and “low pulse rate” were causing concern.
Ramdev rushed to a Dehradun hospital after his condition deteriorates. His close aides stress fast is on.
* June 11: Appeals are made by spiritual leaders to call off the strike.
* June 12: Ramdev calls off his hunger strike after spiritual and religious leaders, including Sri Sri Ravishankar, request him to do so. But he vows to fight corruption until his last breath.

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