Ralegan Siddhi: Anna Hazare on Saturday
denounced as an attempt to "blacken democracy" the incident in
which Swami Ramdev`s face was smeared with ink and said such
attacks will not deter "people`s movements".
"This is not an attempt to blacken the face of Swami
Ramdev. This is an attempt to blacken democracy," Hazare said
in a statement from his village where he is convalescing
after a bout of bronchitis.
"Someone`s unblemished life cannot be sullied due to
the ink, which will be wiped off clean in two minutes. But
those whose life is stained with corruption, goondaism and
loot those stains won`t be washed away," he said.
Hazare, whose anti-corruption movement had the support
of the yoga guru in initial stages of the stir for a strong
Lokpal before the two drifted apart, said, "Ramdev will always
fight for the betterment of the society and country and lakhs
of workers like us will support him."
"People`s movement will not stop due to such attacks
but will intensify," he said.
Ramdev was today the target of an attack by a man who
threw black ink on his face at a press conference he was
addressing on his plans to campaign against black money in the
coming assembly elections.