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Baba Ramdev takes vow to never contest elections

Yoga guru says it's 'my 'Bhisma pratigya' but I will keep fighting against the systemic ills.'

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev said he had taken a vow never to contest elections.

Talking to reporters here,Ramdev said,”I will never contest an election… it’s my “Bhisma pratigya”. But I will keep fighting against the systemic ills.”

When asked if he was going to play a king-maker like ‘Chanakya’,the yoga guru said,”If I say about this,a new row would start.”

Wishing luck to Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi who had yesterday said he would play a more active role in the party and the government,Ramdev said “The prince should try to get a strong Lokpal Act passed and bring back black money stashed in foreign banks.”

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About attack by Congress workers on his cavalcade in Bhopal,Ramdev alleged that Congress workers were acting at the behest of “their masters,” adding,he escaped as his car was bullet proof.

Balkrishna’s arrest meant to weaken anti-graft movement: Ramdev

Reacting angrily to the arrest of his aide Balkrishna,yoga guru Ramdev alleged it was meant to weaken his movement against corruption and blackmoney starting next month and the move reflects misuse of CBI.

Speaking to reporters,he said “Balkrishna has been arrested on the orders of those who are protecting the corrupt and it is aimed at weakening my movement starting on August 9. But this will not affect our morale and the movement will be launched with full force.”


Ramdev said his aide’s only crime was that he was with him and alleged he was arrested without giving any chance to present his case before the court.

“Earlier,a false campaign was launched against him with regard to his Indian citizenship. Pressure was mounted on Nepal to produce documents to show that he was a Nepalese citizen. However,the Central government’s move backfired when a district magistrate in Nepal gave in writing that Balkrishna was not a citizen of Nepal,” Ramdev said.

Ramdev also claimed the degree produced by Balkrishna from Sampurnanand Sanskrit University of Varanisi to obtain Indian passport was genuine.


The yoga guru alleged about 15 Central ministers were facing serious charges and evidence against them has been submitted. But the government was not bothered as it was engaged in “misusing agency like CBI to book people who are with me”,he charged.

Ramdev’s aide Balkrishna was yesterday arrested by CBI after a non-bailable warrant was issued against him by a special court in an alleged fake documents case in Dehra Dun.

Ramdev told mediapersons in Gurgaon that he will fight a legal battle and is going to Dehra Dun tomorrow to meet Balkrishna.

Ramdev claimed around 200 MPs have already supported his movement against blackmoney and by August 9,300-400 MPs would extend their support to him.

First published on: 21-07-2012 at 10:06:19 am
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