New Delhi: Soon after the Income Tax Department tightened noose on Baba Ramdev’s trust, the Yoga guru has hit out at the Congress for hatching a conspiracy to defame his trust. Ramdev alleged the government was using machinery to harass him and his aides. He also alleged some people, probably at the behest of the government, had approached his people offering them money to defame his organization and his movement.

"We have filed a complaint with police regarding persons who approached our people and offered them money. They told aides, including my driver, to defame those associated with me. They also asked them to plant some articles like spurious medicines and explosives," the yoga guru claimed.

Ramdev announces fresh agitation

Addressing a press conference on Saturday, Ramdev said that he will continue to fight for transforming the present corrupt system despite being harassed by Congress.
Ramdev also announced a fresh agitation targeting Congress from October 2 that will last till next Lok Sabha elections with immediate attention on upcoming Assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Though the location of launch of the fresh campaign was not announced at the press meet, Ramdev said the programme is likely to start from Himachal Pradesh.

He said the immediate priority is the upcoming Assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Asked whether he was on a collision course with erstwhile Team Anna as it is likely to announce its political party on the same day, he said he was not in competition with anybody and that he will not comment on whether he will support them.

Queried about a survey which put Anna Hazare above him, he refused comment initially but later said it was done by a foreign agency.

"Media only said when I came (to Jantar Mantar for Hazare's agitation), crowd came and when I went, the crowd left," he said.

Ramdev hits out at Congress

Targeting Congress on the coal block allocation issue, Ramdev alleged the party has garnered "gold medal in scams" and described it as a "sinking ship".

Asked why he was shying away from pointing fingers at BJP, whose state governments were also named in the CAG report that he used to target Congress, he said, "Many parties are involved in this. But Congress is in the leadership. They have got the gold medal in scams.
Whoever is involved in corruption should be punished. This whole allocation should be cancelled."

He alleged the amount involved in the coal scam was much more than the figure of Rs 1.86 lakh crore provided by CAG and Congress received commission for it. Ramdev alleged the government was using machinery to harass him and his aides, including Balkrishna who was arrested in connection with allegedly providing fake documents for obtaining an Indian passport.


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