Congress blasts Ramdevalt39s call to create a private army

OUR BUREAU New Delhi Even as Gandhian Anna Hazare was giving a call for a second freedom struggle, yoga guru Baba Ramdev declared that he would arm his supporters if there was a repeat of the police crackdown that sent him packing from Delhi.

However, he underscored that he did not favour an armed revolution.

The Congress Party and Home Minister P Chidambaram immediately latched onto the statement with the latter stating at a press conference, ” By making this statement, he has exposed his true colours. Let him do so and the law will deal with it.” The Congress dubbed Ramdevalt39s plan to train an armed brigade of 11,000 youths as a threat to start an ” armed rebellion” and asked the BJP to clarify whether it supported the call. Incidentally, senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj called on Ramdev on Wednesday and announced the party plan to launch nationwide protests

from Thursday to Saturday against the crackdown on him and his supporters.

Congress spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan bracketed Hazarealt39s threat to mount a second freedom struggle with Ramdevalt39s call and said that it amounts to a condemnable ” revolt against own government.” Since his group had declared it would not contest elections but merely bring the government down on its knees, it was an expression of their lack of faith in the Constitution, she asserted.

In Haridwar, Baba Ramdev elaborated on the arms training plan: ” Twenty youth from each region will come forward for the fight against corruption. These young people should be 35- 40 years old. Not just men but young women should also come forward. They must be dedicated, ready to make the ultimate sacrifice. They will be given arms training. We will build an army of 11,000 men and women.” ” Next time at Ramlila Maidan, it will be Ravanlila.

Let us see who gets beaten up,” the yoga guru declared.

Jayanthi put the BJP in the dock, asserting that its support to such extra- constitutional movements amounts to subverting the Constitution.

She said the mask is off and it is apparent as to which is the real force behind Baba CONTD. ON P2

They will be given arms training. We will build an army of 11,000 men and women. Next time at Ramlila Maidan, it will be Ravanlila. Let us see who gets beaten up…

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