‘Political people are not welcome’

Ramdev Agitation: Day before,his aide takes a dig at former Team Anna members

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Published: August 9, 2012 12:53:52 am

Gloves are off between Ramdev and the recently disbanded Team Anna.

On the eve of Ramdev’s agitation at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi,his spokesman S K Tijarawala,in a not-so-subtle dig at the erstwhile Team Anna,which plans to launch a political party,said: “All are welcome here but political people are not because this is not a political platform.”

Asked if Hazare will participate in the agitation,Tijarawala said: “Annaji made a commitment in front of the nation on June 3 that he will participate in Ramlila and we believe he will keep it. As for Team Anna,that team does not exist any more so the question does not arise.”

In Ralegan Siddhi,sources close to Hazare said he was unwell and will not participate in Ramdev’s agitation. “He will not go. This was conveyed to Ramdev by his personal assistant today,” said one of his associates. The sources,however,said that if Ramdev keeps insisting,Hazare might visit the rally for “a day or so”.

In Ramdev’s camp,there is a perceptible cooling of ardour for Hazare with whom the yoga guru had pledged a partnership for eternity just four months ago.

Ramdev’s advisor Ved Pratap Vaidik said Anna and his team have “not only violated the sanctity of a fast and shot themselves in the foot by launching the party but Hazare’s position that he will support the party but stay out of it is similar to a Persian proverb ‘I will take the marriage vows but you bear the children’.”

There is also a feeling that the apparently hurried announcement to launch the party was made to preempt a similar move by Ramdev.

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