Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday slammed UPA government at the Centre for its use of `brute force` to evict yoga guru Baba Ramdev and his supporters from Ramlila Ground in Delhi describing it as a `major blow to democracy`.
"The Centre owes an explanation on the issue," he told reporters at the sidelines of a function on `World Environment Day`.
"It is a major blow to democracy and an attack on the democratic rights of the people ... It is also an attack on the fundamental rights of the citizens," he said and expressed anguish at the midnight action on `peaceful` protesters, including women and children, at Ramlila Ground.
Congress should explain as to what compelled it to act in a `brazen manner` against the yoga guru and his supporters within hours of engaging him in dialogue over a set of demands to curb corruption, he said.
"As many as four central ministers and top officials were holding parleys with Ramdev for several days and reverentially describing him as `Baba`. What compelled the government to change its tactics and take extreme actions against the protesters?" Kumar asked.