RSS admits supporting Baba Ramdev, slams govt

RSS lashed at the Centre for its midnight crackdown on protesters.

Nagpur: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)
on Monday night lashed at the Centre for its midnight crackdown on
protesters, including women and children, at Ramlila Maidan in
Delhi, while admitting that it "extended" support to yoga guru
Baba Ramdev`s agitation.

"The RSS was not behind the stir launched by Ramdev
seeking repatriation of the black money stashed illegally in
foreign banks but have extended all support to it
(agitation)," RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said while addressing
the outfit`s workers at Reshimbagh ground here.

He said that the RSS in its Puttur (Kerala) meeting
had adopted a resolution to extend all support to Baba Ramdev.

"RSS cannot remain a mute spectator to the social
revolution taking place against corruption and black money.
Therefore, it has asked its cadres to join the agitation,"
Bhagwat said.

In any case without even asking, the swayamsevaks
themselves are inculcated with a sense of responsibility to
join such agitations which are of prime national interest,
he said.

"What provoked the government to come down heavily on
the followers of Baba Ramdev at Ramlila ground when they were
simply agitating to stop corruption in high-places and
unearthing of the black money?" Bhagwat asked, adding that the
agitations of Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare be viewed above the
party politics.

The RSS chief, while condemning the midnight swoop and
the events unfolded aftermath, questioned the Centre`s
"intention" in not holding further talks with the Yoga guru.

"(The) government should not stop the dialogue and the
process must continue," he said, adding that when no one is
opposed to the issues raised by the two social activists then
where does the problem lie in holding a dialogue.

Some people have described it (the eviction of Ramdev
and his supporters) as "Jalianwala Bagh"-like attack and for
some it was a recall of the era of Emergency, he said at the
concluding function of the annual third year camp of RSS
workers here.

Talking about the black money stashed in foreign
banks, Bhagwat said it certainly belonged to the people in the
higher strata of the society. It is not that a poor man has
collected his money and deposited in the Swiss bank.

The RSS chief also questioned legality of the proposed
Anti Communal Riots Bill being drafted by the National
Advisory Council (NAC), saying that the very existence of the
NAC was unconstitutional.

Bhagwat, while expressing concern over instances of
conversions, said the Tirupati Tirumala Devsthan area in
Andhra Pradesh has witnessed sudden spurt in the number of
conversions to Christianity.

Chief guest on the occasion, Dr Ganga Raju criticised
the "mis-management" of funds of big temples, particularly the
Tirupati shrine in Andhra Pradesh, by the politicians.

"Crores of rupees are being donated by the devotees
and there is a need for proper utilisation of funds collected
there," Gangaraju said demanding that the practise of
conversion by allurement be stopped forthwith.

Meanwhile, Shankaracharya of Kanchi Kamkoti Peetham,
Jayendra Saraswati, told the gathering that RSS was doing a
yeoman`s service in building nation and developing good human


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