Ramdev breaks fast, calls for end of ‘robot’-led government

Published: 15th August 2012 10:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th August 2012 10:58 AM   |  A+A-


Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev ended his six-day fast at 11.58 am on Tuesday by drinking lemon juice, but said his movement against black money did not stop there. Lashing out at the Prime Minister for his inaction, Ramdev said Manmohan Singh has embarrassed everyone by acting as a robot instead of a leader.

“We have won the support of a large number of parties on the issues raised by us, we have succeeded,” said Ramdev, while addressing supporters. The yoga guru then went on to criticise Manmohan and the Congress by saying, “The Prime Minister acts like a robot and hence we feel ashamed of him. He should address the nation on the issue of black money. If he cannot act according to the demands of his post, he should relinquish it.”

Congress scion Rahul Gandhi also came in Ramdev’s line of fire. “We don’t do the kind of drama that Rahul Gandhi does when he goes to homes of the poor. Congress is afraid of taking steps to announce black money as national property because they would stand affected. Now the people should respond and see to it that none of the Congress candidates get elected.”

Ramdev said he would reveal his strategy in detail in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections in 2014. He said to save the country and bring back black money, the people should go by the slogan of “Congress hatao, desh bachao, jo kaala dhan laye, usi ko satta mein laao” – (Unseat the Congress, save the country, elect that party which will bring back black money).

The yoga guru also criticised former Home Minister P Chidambaram. Ramdev said, “The present home minister is not as cruel as the previous one.”

The Ambedkar stadium, from where Ramdev and his followers were detained on Monday, is near the Red Fort. Independence Day celebrations are due to take place there. Citing security reasons, police asked Ramdev and his supporters to vacate the stadium.


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