BJP mounts attack on Centre, says govt lost balance

Haridwar: BJP on Wednesday mounted attack on Centre for police action on Baba Ramdev`s peaceful protest at Ramlila ground in the middle of the night in Delhi, saying the government has "lost its balance".

"The government has lost its balance. There are no checks and balances. The Centre has sent four ministers for dialogue with Baba but to beat innocent people they sent 5,000 policemen," senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj told reporters here.

Swaraj, who held about an hour long back-room talk with the yoga guru, said the government has taken "baby steps" to deal with corruption.

"We have told them about our demands. Earlier they did not ratify United Nations Convention to fight corruption. It was only when we told them, they did it. It is all a baby step," she said after meeting Ramdev at Patanjali Yogapeeth.

The Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha extended her party`s support to Ramdev`s fast, which entered fifth day today, on the issue of blackmoney and corruption.

"I have come here to meet him. He has lost some 4-4.5 kg weight but his will has become stronger," she said.

On whether any strategy was discussed in the meeting and if there were any indications of withdrawal of hunger strike by Ramdev, Swaraj said, "Ramdev said he was fasting in a good way and it can be broken when all his demands are met. None of the demands have been accepted by the government."

"Why should I break the fast? What about all my demands I have been raising?" Swaraj quoted Ramdev as saying during the meeting.

Swaraj expressed her anguish over the police action on Ramdev supporters in the intervening night of June 4-5 at Ramlila ground and hit out at Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for not visiting the injured after the incident.

"Whatever happened on June 4-5 night was sheer violation of human rights. I am really surprised that the Prime Minister, who had expressed sadness over the incident, said it was unavoidable…PM and Sonia even did not come to meet the victims at the hospitals. Was it not their responsibility?" she asked.

Flanked by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokriyal Nishank, Swaraj said, "I have come here to support Baba, to ask about his well being. I have told him not only Sangh, he has support of the whole nation."

Earlier in the day, Vishwa Hindu Parishad senior leader Ashok Singhal had met Ramdev and supported his movement.