Centre will not be able to bear consequence of stir

Haridwar: Claiming the support of all major parties barring the Congress to his agitation, yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Monday said the Centre would not be able to bear the consequence of the satyagraha.

“I have respect for the Prime Minister on a personal level but he did not discharge his national duty (unhone rastra dharm nahi nibhayaa),” Baba Ramdev told reporters referring to the police crackdown at Ramlila Ground.

Asked about the organisations supporting him, he claimed, “Barring Congress, all political parties are supporting me. Though some are criticising me, I know they are supporting me from their hearts. I am getting support from everywhere including spiritual and religious organisations.”

He said the “Centre will not be able to bear the consequences of the ongoing satyagraha“.

Thanking the Supreme Court for taking suo motu notice of the crackdown, Baba Ramdev said human rights organisations and the National Commission for Women should take note of the atrocities committed against innocent people including women and children in Ramlila grounds.

Lashing out at the Delhi Police for its action, he said, “Lobbying teargas shells in a closed shamiana was the most violent act of the police. Police attacked innocent women and children.”

“Police did not allow any injured person to stay in hospitals,” he alleged.

When pointed out that he was fleeing from the site dressed like a woman, he said, “It was not a weakness to be in woman’s dress. A mother gives birth to a man.”

Earlier, undeterred by his forceful eviction from New Delhi, Baba Ramdev resumed his agitation at his ashram here, saying the ‘satyagraha’ will continue till his demands on curbing corruption and black money are met by the Centre.

Baba Ramdev sat on ‘satygraha’ along with his supporters and disciples at ‘yagyashala’ of his Patanjali Yogpeeth late last night, yogpeeth sources said on Monday.

The yoga guru, who was bundled out of the national capital after police crackdown on his followers, tried to resume his satyagrah in Noida on Sunday, but was not allowed to enter Uttar Pradesh.

He was stopped on the border of Muzaffarnagar district at Bhuraheri police check post, where the administrative officials asked him to return to Uttarakhand.

Later, Baba returned to Patanjali Yogpeeth last night and began his fast.

Baba Ramdev told his followers that he will continue his satyagrah till his demands on curbing corruption and black money are met by the centre.

Baba Ramdev had yesterday said, “No one should violate law and so I am not going to Delhi. I was not allowed to reach Noida in U.P. to continue the protest. Now it will happen here".

He had said that the government can stop him from entering Delhi for not more than 15 to 30 days and he will come again to the national capital.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank had last evening met Baba Ramdev in Yogpeeth and assured him full support and security if he wanted to continue his fast.

Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister and veteran Congress leader N.D. Tiwari had also travelled to Yogpeeth to meet Baba Ramdev and lent his full support to the cause for which he is fighting.

The Uttarakhand BJP has announced that it will observe a “black day” at all district headquarters today to protest the police crackdown on Baba Ramdev and his supporters.

Yogpeeth sources said that if the number of those sitting on fast with Baba increases, the venue of satyagrah can be shifted to a bigger hall in phase II of Patanjali Yogpeeth.

Keeping in view the demonstrations planned by different groups, a high alert has been sounded in the entire State, police said.