Team Anna goes soft on Ramdev

A day after they attacked Ramdev for sharing the dais with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi,Team Anna softened their stand,saying that the yoga guru was free to meet anyone

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 31, 2012 12:27:18 am

A day after they attacked Ramdev for sharing the dais with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi,Team Anna today softened their stand,saying that the yoga guru was free to meet anyone.

“We are partners in the anti-corruption movement. While Ramdev is bolstering our voice on the Lokpal demand,we are supporting him on the issue of bringing back blackmoney stashed abroad. Beyond that,it is his business who he wants to meet and we have nothing to say on that,” said Kiran Bedi.

“Anna and Ramdev are together on corruption. Narendra Modi is the Chief Minister of a state,free to meet who he likes. Ramdev has the right to meet who he wants,” said Kumar Vishwas.

Alleging that the Northern Grid failure was a conspiracy by the government to derail their movement,Vishwas said: “We want to tell the government that they can cut the grid,cut electricity,cut Metro,bus and auto services,but people will still come here because all they need is grit.”

Meanwhile,Anna Hazare launched an offensive against Minister of State in the PMO V Narayanasamy who had said that there are such deep differences in Team Anna that the government does not need to split it. “Narayanasamy is lying. People have understood that. He is saying that the five people sitting here are lying. You cannot cheat people. You tried to cheat me,I did not fall for it,” said Hazare,referring to his meeting with Salman Khurshid and Narayanasamy’s subsequent letter to his aides.

Citing the Bofors case,Arvind Kejriwal accused the Congress and BJP of being hand in glove.

“There a pact between the BJP and the Congress. If the Congress comes to power,they will not probe the corruption cases against the BJP and vice-versa,” he said,asking why the NDA government had not taken action against those involved in the Bofors case. Kejriwal also accused Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar of having benefitted hoarders of wheat,pulses,sugarcane and sugar by announcing a possible drought-like situation. “Within days of his statement that the sugarcane crop will suffer,he imposed import duty,making sugar even more costly,” he told the 2,000-strong crowd.

For all the latest News Archive News, download Indian Express App