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BJP to take the protest forward

Condemning the police action against Baba Ramdev,Bharatiya Janata Party leaders said on Sunday that the party would now take it upon itself to move the protests forward.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi |
June 6, 2011 3:27:11 am

Condemning the police action against Baba Ramdev,Bharatiya Janata Party leaders said on Sunday that the party would now take it upon itself to move the protests forward.

Vijay Goel,All India General Secretary of the party,said,“The BJP was not directly involved with the protest earlier but we will make this a national issue now. It is not just about corruption anymore,but also the attitude of the government.”

Comparing the situation to the Emergency,Goel said the BJP will call for a Delhi bandh,date of which would be decided in the next two days. The party also asked Delhiites to wear black bands as a mark of protest.

Slamming the government for its double speak,Delhi BJP president Vijender Gupta said this proved that the authorities were not serious about corruption and bringing back black money.

“First the government goes with four high-ranking men,including Pranab Mukherjee,to meet him at the airport. Then it does something like this. Digvijay Singh calls the same Baba his party men are negotiating with,a thug. This is undemocratic and unacceptable,” he said.

Leader of Opposition in Delhi V K Malhotra said the government’s allegation that Baba’s followers were armed with bricks and bats was a lie. “If the protesters had not kept their peace,then the events at Ramlila Maidan would have turned into another Jallianwala Bagh,” he said.

Criticising the government’s stand that the Baba should stick to teaching yoga and not enter into politics,Malhotra said by that token ministers like Kapil Sibal should also restrict themselves to being lawyers.

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