Hyderabad: Political parties and Baba
Ramdev`s followers in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday condemned Central government`s post-midnight action against him in Delhi.
BJP workers, led by senior leader M Venkaiah Naidu,
staged a sit-in near Tank Band here.
Addressing the protesters, Naidu condemned the police`s
action at Ramlila Maidan, and said, "It was a barbaric act of
the police who beat up sadhus. Police even fired teargas
shells and caned women who were participating peacefully."
"Is this a democracy? The central government is trying to
stifle the voice of those who are fighting against
corruption. If the centre did not change its mindset, the time
will come when people would boycott the Congress," he said.
State BJP chief G Kishan Reddy, former union minister
Bandaru Dattatreya and other leaders participated in sit-in.
Over 500 BJP workers including Naidu, Kishan Reddy,
Bandaru Dattatreya and party`s national secretary K Lakshman
were taken into preventive custody by police.
Condemning the police action against Baba Ramdev, Telugu
Desam Party chief N Chandrababu said, "It is most undemocratic
and immoral act, and the UPA government should immediately
apologise to people of the country."
Earlier, followers of Ramdev, members of Patanjali Yoga
Samiti and Bharat Swabhiman Trust, who were on a satyagraha at
Gymkhana Grounds since yesterday, were dispersed by police in
the early hours. Protesters later assembled at Dharna Chowk
near Indira Park, even as police took into custody 100 people,
including state president of Bharat Swabhiman Trust, G Sridhr
Over 1,000 supporters of Baba Ramdev later took out a
peace march and staged a sit-in in front of Mahatma Gandhi`s
statue on MG Road.
Similar protests were organised by Baba`s followers in
the districts of Adilabad, Karimnagar, Nizamabad and Kadapa.