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Cong ministers ‘gaga’ over Baba
NEW DELHI, JUN 2 (AGENCIES):
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Published on 3 Jun. 2011 12:05 AM IST
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With Baba Ramdev insisting that his hunger strike against corruption will begin as scheduled on Saturday, the government has decided to change its strategy. The new guidelines for senior ministers who are in touch with the yoga icon dictate that while talks will continue, they will be held on the government’s terms. That decision came after a meeting of the Congress core committee in Delhi this evening.
Union Parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Bansal has said he will meet Baba Ramdev tomorrow and the talks will continue. “As politicians we have to meet people. This shouldn’t be seen as weakness. If the government is serious and Ramdev is serious, there should be no problem in resolving the issue,” he said.
The Government’s tougher stand - at least on paper - hopes to undo some of the damage done after four senior ministers including Pranab Mukherjee greeted Ramdev at the Delhi Airport Wednesday. It seemed to be an embarrassing attempt at appeasement, one that did not go down well with the Congress party.
The ministers spent more than two hours with the yoga icon at the airport lounge, reassuring him that the government is serious about tackling corruption with a series of measures including a tough new Lokpal Bill which is scheduled to be presented in Parliament by the end of this month.
Ramdev’s critics say that his fast against corruption is a concerted effort to upstage Hazare- an argument that was bolstered when the Baba contradicted Hazare to state that the Prime Minister and senior judges should not be covered by the Lokpal Bill. Today, however, Ramdev said that he had suggested only that this point be debated. In Pune, Hazare said he will join the Baba’s fast at Delhi’s Ram Lila Maidan, where thousands of people are expected to show up starting Saturday. He also said the posse of four ministers that met Ramdev at the airport are not to be trusted because the government is set on diluting the Lokpal Bill.
Meanwhile, former BJP ideologue and think tank K.N. Govindacharya hit out at the party on Thursday advising it to first set its own house in order before supporting Baba Ramdev.
Talking to Headlines Today Govindacharya, who is a part of Ramdev’s campaign, questioned the moral stand of the BJP on the issue of corruption. “The BJP has failed to control corruption in its own ruled states. It has lost its moral ground. The party has no credibility to stand up for issue like corruption,” Govindacharya said.
‘Ramdev a businessman’
Baba Ramdev is not a guru, he’s a businessman. If Congress were scared of him, it would have put Ramdev behind bars. Ramdev is more of a businessman now. He charges Rs. 50,000 for teaching yoga.
Digvijay Singh (Senior Congress leader)

 
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