Ramdev hints at contesting polls

Hinting at contesting elections,Swabhiman Andolan leader Baba Ramdev said here on Monday,“It is necessary that we bring about a change in the society as well as in system and power.

Written by Express News Service | Nagpur | Published: July 17, 2012 6:21 am

Hinting at contesting elections,Swabhiman Andolan leader Baba Ramdev said here on Monday,“It is necessary that we bring about a change in the society as well as in system and power. How to do it will be decided during our forthcoming agitation,beginning August 9. As of now,I would prefer talking only symbolically about it (abhi to ham sirf sanket me hi baat karenge).”

When specifically asked if his organisation will fight elections,Ramdev said,“Why do you want me to speak in all details? I have spoken in symbolic terms as of now — that good people need to come to power (acche charitrawale log satta me aane chahiye).”

Addressing mediapersons after a preparatory meet here for the “historic” agitation next month,Baba said,“We will have to create proper atmosphere for bringing about desired changes. Unless we do something to bring about a change in the system,agitations will not yield any results.”

When pointed out that Anna Hazare often says “good people can’t win elections since they don’t have money”,Ramdev said,“We have seen many big transformations. We can make it happen.” He,however,said,“Annaji will be with us during the agitation.”

Ramdev said his meetings with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi haven’t led to any solution on the issues of black money and corruption. “They all said they fully agreed with me and that they are doing something about it. But nothing has happened.”

Asked for his views on reservation and foreign capital investment in India,Ramdev said,“Reservations have helped some disadvantaged sections and even foreign capital has helped to some extent,but these things are not sufficient for the country’s overall development. We are not opponents of reservation,but we are of the view that everybody,including those from upper castes,should get education and justice.”

On US President Barack Obama’s FDI comment,Ramdev said,“Obama can be our co-demander (hamjaruri) but can’t share our pain (hamdard). He can’t be doing anything that would make us strong.”

To a question,Ramdev said he had no issues with India Against Corruption leader Arvind Kejriwal.

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