New Delhi: Returning to Delhi three weeks after he was bundled out from the national capital, yoga guru Ramdev on Sunday attacked the Central government claiming he has no will to fight corruption or create a Lokpal to check the menace.

Ramdev said he would continue his fight against corruption alongside "anybody from any party, any religion" willing to fight the menace but he did not make it clear whether he would join Anna Hazare on August 16 when the latter relaunches his campaign for a strong Lokpal.

Holding that he was "not a mask" for BJP or RSS, he asked why Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wrote a letter to him and four ministers, including Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, drove to airport to meet him "if I was communal or a Naxal or a terrorist".

Baba attacks government

"Government does not want to create a Lokpal," he said addressing a press conference here after meeting Raj Bala, who was grievously injured in the June five pre-dawn police crackdown at Ramlila Maidan on his supporters, at a hospital and dared the government to "search" his institutions for blackmoney and declare it as national asset.

"Sarkar pehle bhrashtachari thi, abh woh atyachari bhi ho gayi. (The government was indulging in corruption earlier. Now it is indulging in atrocities)," he said, adding, "This government has no will to fight corruption."

The yoga guru alleged that the government was muzzling voices of those who talk about black money or tell the truth.

Terming the crackdown in Ramlila Maidan as "murder of democracy", he alleged it was aimed at eliminating him and that there were "attempts to rape women" by drunk men during the police action.

On government's criticism, Ramdev said, "If raising the issue of black money was wrong, if I was communal, if I was a Naxal, if I was a terrorist, why did four ministers rush to the airport? Why did the Prime Minister write to me?

"My fault was that I was talking about empowering villages by eradicating corruption," he said, adding, "The government can use all its force to detect if I have any blackmoney.

"If you find anything from Re one or Rs one lakh crore, seize it and declare it as national asset," he said.

He said, "As the government could not get back the black money from abroad so they can now swoop on me and find out rather than making false statements against me."

Asked about Hazare, he said the issue was not Hazare or Ramdev but corruption. He said he would support anybody in the fight against corruption and accused the government of having no will to enact a strong Lokpal.

"I am not a mask for anyone but the mask of 120 crore people. I am the son of Bharat Mata," he said, adding, "We will stand with anyone, any party, any religion, any cat...but the cat has to catch the rat."

On the Lokpal issue, he questioned the logic of excluding the Prime Minister and MPs while bringing trusts and NGOs under the ambit of an anti-corruption ombudsman.

However, Ramdev did not throw any light on his next move as part of his anti-corruption campaign. He said he would launch a free housing scheme in Haridwar on July one followed by another programme on August four for empowering villages.

On his attempt to escape from Ramlila Maidan disguised as a woman, Ramdev said he did not flee and claimed that had he offered arrest but the police did not carry it out. "I wanted them to arrest me. I waited but nobody came.

"There was threat to my life. They (police) wanted to kill me during the crackdown," he said, maintaining, "Who logon ko hatana aur muche mitana chahta the. (Police wanted to evacuate people and eliminate me)." He alleged that attempts were made to set the dais on fire.

"I did not want to die the death of a wolf, I did not want to die the death of an animal, I did not want to die at the hands of police which has become the puppet of the government. So I decided to escape. I was arrested outside and if I was caught inside, I would not have been seen again," Ramdev said.

He also sought to pooh-pooh police theory of intelligence inputs about terrorist threat to him, saying that he had travelled one lakh kilometre in the past one year and met ten crore people. "There was no threat to me then, how come it is there now?"

On questions about his hunger strike, Ramdev said he ended the fast on the advice of spiritual leaders Morari Bapu and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar who told him that the condition of a large number of women and children who were fasting with him had worsened.

He also asked political parties to make public their account books like he did of the Trust he is heading, besides demanding that call records of conversation Kapil Sibal had with him be released.

Ramdev reached the capital from Haridwar by road this afternoon and straight away headed to G B Pant Hospital in Central Delhi to visit Raj Bala.

Police had erected barricades along the border to screen those entering the capital and ensure that no untoward incident occurred during Ramdev's visit to the capital.

Earlier, police had said he was not allowed to enter the capital for 15 days but later retracted from it. A large number police personnel were present at the hospital and the press conference hall.

CBI action against Ramdev aide likely
 
Meanwhile, the CBI is likely to register a preliminary enquiry (PE) against Balakrishna, a close aide of yoga guru Ramdev, for allegedly using forged documents to acquire multiple passports.

CBI sources said the allegations are that Balakrishna had fudged certain documents and has multiple passports, which is a punishable offence under the Indian Passport Act.

However, the charges were denied by Ramdev-controlled Patanjali Yogapeeth Trust.

"Balakrishna's passport is valid. He had got his passport about 12-13 years back. Why is the government now raising questions about it?" S K Tijarawala, spokesperson of Patanjali Yogapeeth Trust, said.

Besides questions being raised about his nationality, Balakrishna is under scanner of central investigating and law enforcement agencies for allegedly acquiring wealth worth crores of rupees.

"A complaint has been received and we are examining it. It is alleged that Balakrishna has got two passports acquired through illegal means," a CBI official said.

 "I am born in Haridwar and I am an Indian. I have completed my education here. My parents are from Nepal," Balakrishna had said on questions about is nationality.


Change of schedule for Ramdev

After a case was lodged against the General Secratery of Patanjali Yogapeeth Trust Acharya Balakrishna, yoga guru Baba Ramdev left for Delhi in haste.

Albeit, the Yoga Guru was scheduled to tour Russia on June 27. It is believed that under the changed circumstances, Ramdev will fly to Russia only after the completion of a Yoga camp starting here from July 1. Even though there is no official confirmation about Ramdev’s schedule, his unprecedented visit to Delhi has given rise to the speculation.

Ramdev reached Patanjali Yogapeeth from Yog Gram at 7:30 am on Sunday morning and held a meeting with his close associates. Later Ramdev’s disciple Balakrishna too joined the prolonged meeting. After the meeting Ramdev left for Delhi at 9:15 along with his close aide and security personnel. Meanwhile, Balakrishna stayed back at the Patanjali Yogapeeth.

Earlier on June 12th Baba after breaking his fast went to Yog Gram, which is situated at Aurangabad in Haridwar. During this period Ramdev observed a vow of silence. According to the sources Baba after breaking his vow of silence had a discussion with his close aides in Yog Gram.

Following which, the controversial Gram Sabha land on which Yog Gram had to be constructed was vacated. According to the sources during the discussion at Yog Gram, all the accounts and official papers of Patanjali Yogapeeth Trust and its affiliated institutions were thoroughly examined. 

JPN/Bureau/Agencies