New Delhi: Baba Ramdev’s Bharat Swabhimaan Andolan against corruption is evolving with new events taking place at a fast pace. While Baba has complained of betrayel in the talks, the government has refused to negotiate any further with the yoga guru, hours after Baba Ramdev’s hunger strike was broken. JPN/Agencies
"There is nothing left to discuss (with Ramdev). On what issue we will talk? Whatever talks had to happen have already happened," Union Minister Subodhkant Sahay, involved in
negotiations with the yoga guru, told reporters here.
Another Union Minister Kapil Sibal made it clear that the police action had the backing of the government and the party.
To a question on whether the action had the endorsement of the party, he said "absolutely, 100 per cent. No such action takes place without 100 per cent unity in the government and the party."
Terming the police action to remove Ramdev as "unfortunate", Finance Minister Pranab Mukerjee who led negotiations on behalf of government, the issues raised by the Baba are important and have to be addressed.
Cong steers clear of midnight crackdown
Congress steered clear of the midnight crackdown on Baba Ramdev's hunger strike, but
decided to meet the challenge posed by communal forces which have been repeatedly defeated in the elections.
After a lengthy meeting at Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's residence, party General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi sidestepped questions whether the party endorsed the police action last night.
"That has already been explained by the Government," he said to repeated questions on the issue. "We do not discuss individuals. We do not take note of individuals. The person mentioned is nothing (of no significance) and is supported by other forces," Dwivedi said.
The AICC maintaining virtual silence on the issue was significant given the fact that it had distanced itself from four senior ministers led by Pranab Mukherjee going to the airport on June one to meet Ramdev.
Union Minister Kapil Sibal, who had held negotiations with the yoga guru, was present at the deliberations. Earlier in the day, Sibal had a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as also Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.
In an obvious attack on the BJP, Dwivedi said there are certain political and communal forces in the country, who after failing to get popular mandate, try to spread rumours
among people to promote themselves.
He said these forces were bent upon shortcircuiting their rise by weakening constitutional and democratic institutions and they do not bother whether the country's democratic structure is damaged.
New Delhi: Baba Ramdev’s Bharat Swabhimaan Andolan against corruption is evolving with new events taking place at a fast pace. While Baba has complained of betrayel in the talks, the government has refused to negotiate any further with the yoga guru, hours after Baba Ramdev’s hunger strike was broken.