Baba predicts political storm ahead of polls

Published: 07th October 2012 10:33 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th October 2012 10:50 AM   |  A+A-


Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Friday warned of a political storm brewing and once again put the Congress on notice. “You will see a political storm before the next parliamentary elections. But I will not disclose my plan of action know,” he told Editorial Director of “The New Indian Express” Prabhu Chawla in an interactive session after giving a talk on religious writings at the two-day literary festival here.

 Positioning himself in the run-up to the 2014 elections, the Baba also hinted that he would play a bigger role. Ramdev took a dig at the fresh allegation against Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra acquiring illegal properties worth Rs 300. This is peanut compared to the huge wealth amassed by Sonia and her family, he quipped. In fact, all the probe and anti-corruption agencies are working overnight to protect the Gandhi family, he charged.

The yoga guru sought to come clear on the controversial parting of ways with social activists Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal, by saying he had nothing to do with it. Refuting allegations that he, backed by the RSS, spoiled the Team Anna movement against corruption and was instrumental in creating a division between Anna and Kejriwal, Ramdev asserted he had no problem with the Gandhian leader. “I don’t have any problem with Annaji. I never misled him. But some people made him a joke.”

 Asked if he felt sidelined as Anna got all the limelight in the fight against corruption, Ramdev said he has no craze for publicity as the whole of the country knew him much before the Anna movement.

Baba predicts

“Rather I gave him (Anna) a much bigger projection by organising rallies at Jantar Mantar and Ramlila Maidan,” he claimed.

 Parrying a question on the possibility of his plunging into politics like Kejriwal, Ramdev said the country will be free from corruption if right kind of people are sent to the Assembly and Parliament. “I am Indian first then a sadhu. As an Indian, I have the responsibility to clean the system which is now rotting. It is my ‘rashtra dharma’ to save the country.”

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