New Delhi:  Parties like the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Saturday condemned the ink attack on yoga guru Baba Ramdev here.

"The ink throwing on Baba Ramdev is shocking and deserves outright condemnation," BJP leader Sushma Swaraj posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Party leader Arun Jaitley said the attacker should be sent to jail. "We strongly condemn it. He (Ramdev) is a big social and religious leader who has a good reputation and is spreading his movement against corruption and black money,"  Jaitley told reporters.

"It is becoming a common phenomenon for individuals to commit such incidents to get publicity and government should act firmly against the culprits. Such incidents were seen in the case of lawyer Prashant Bhushan and Union Minister Sharad Pawar," BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.

He pointed that other than the increasing instances of such incidents, there is also a "lurking suspicion" that the Saturday's attack has been prompted by the crusade launched by Ramdev against black money and corruption.

"Sometimes ago, we have witnessed Ramdev and his followers being lathi-charged and forcefully evicted from Ramlila grounds and police terror being unleashed on them allegedly at the behest of the Central Government," Rudy said.

"Those opposing can criticise...we condemn attacking such personality," he said.RJD chief Lalu Prasad said the practice of attacking personalities was spreading "like a disease".

"It is spreading like a disease. Someone threw a shoe at George Bush, and so all are following it," he said. "Ramdev is a good person, he has done good work. I condemn it."He said such attackers needed to be punished."Inke dimag ka screw dheela ho gaya hai, kanoon se kasna padega (their mental screws have loosened, it needs to be fixed legally)," he added.

He maintained that the BJP is "constrained" to believe that Saturday's incident could be an outcome of the designs of the UPA government, which is suspected of retaliating against those who are raising a banner of revolt against corruption and black money.

Congress also condemned the incident but insisted that the attack on Ramdev had nothing to do with opposition to the government from some quarters on corruption issues.
"Whatever has happened, it is very unfortunate... Everybody has a right to express his view and if anybody has done anything wrong I condemn it and I am sure law will take its own course," Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said.

(Agencies)