Dehra Dun: Appealing Ramdev to end the fast, spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Saturday met the fasting yoga guru in a hospital here.

The Art of Living founder however made it clear that the Centre had not asked him to negotiate with 46-year-old Ramdev for ending his fast against black money and corruption.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and former President A P J Abdula Kalam also appealed to Ramdev to end his fast.

"No. Nobody in the central government has said anything to me and I have come here on my own. I will keep meeting him till he breaks it," Ravi Shankar said when asked if someone from the government got in touch with him on the issue.

"If government wants, I am ready to do anything... whatever the nation needs," he told reporters after meeting Ramdev at the Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences for about an hour here.

Ramdev, who was admitted to the Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences last evening after his condition deteriorated on the seventh day of his fast was administered saline and glucose.

"Ramdev's blood pressure and pulse rate went down last night. But, they have been brought under control. He is stable," Dr Deepak Goel, part of the medical team that is monitoring Ramdev's health, told reporters.

He said Ramdev "was weak and has some problems in sitting and speaking."

A medical bulletin issued by the hospital said the pulse rate and blood pressure were stabilising slowly and there was an improvement in the health condition of Ramdev.

Dr S L Jethani, Medical Superintendent of the hospital, said Ramdev's liver and kidneys were functioning normally.

Asked whether there was a need to shift Ramdev to AIIMS in New Delhi, Goel said there was no need for that.

To a question, the doctor said Ramdev was not being treated at the ICU of the hospital. "He is not in ICU. He is in a VIP ward next to it. He was given normal saline and vitamins. He was suffering from dehydration," the doctor said.

Ramdev was being administered intervenous fluid - glucose and normal saline - following which his condition improved, doctors said.

The yoga exponent was admitted to the ICU immediately after he was brought to the hospital.
Ramdev was admitted to the hospital here as his health began deteriorating after he began his fast in his ashram in neighbouring Haridwar.

A Patanjali Yogpeeth spokesperson said that former President A P J Abdul Kalam called up Ramdev and asked him to break his fast.

In a statement, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, "I prayerfully appeal to Baba Ramdev to call off his fast soon and rejoin his movement for national regeneration.

Although coming from me I can see this appeal reflecting the strong sentiments of millions of countrymen and I hope that Baba would certainly respond positively to their sentiments and feelings."

He said the news of Ramdev's deteriorating health and hospitalisation has caused great concern among people.

"People of the country are greatly beholden to Baba for his relentless campaign against corruption and black money that has awakened and inspired millions of citizens and stirred up their innate patriotism," Bhagwat said.

However, the country needs Ramdev's active leadership at his hour in the fight against corruption and hence he should give up his fast.

Govt denies back door talks

The government is not engaged in any "back door" dialogue with yoga guru Ramdev, who went an indefinite fast on the issue of repatriation of black money, Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily said.

"There is no back door and open door talks with any one. Whether it is Ramdev or anyone," he told reporters here. However, Moily evaded reply when asked whether the government has sought the help of Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravishankar for negotiations with the yoga guru to end his eight-day old agitation.

Offering his clarifications on a reported statement by Ravishankar that he had been asked to hold talks with Ramdev, Moily said "Sri Sri Ravishankar spoke to me from Berlin and also upon his return to the country and asked me what is happening. He expressed his concern over what is happening and said he would speak to Ramdev."

Moily said told him that since he would be visiting Haridwar to perform certain pooja for his father who passed away recently he would ask Ramdev why he "reneged" on his promise to call off the fast despite the government accepting all his demands.

Agencies