New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday distanced itself from
the government`s unprecedented step of sending four senior
ministers to the airport to receive Baba Ramdev in a bid to
persuade him not to go ahead with the protest from June 4
saying it was "unnecessary" and the party has "nothing to do"
"The party is not at all related to this entire exercise
from here to the airport (ministers going to the airport to
receive the Yoga Guru)," top sources in Congress said
commenting on the government`s move, which indicated the
unease in the party over the issue.
The sources also suggested that Congress President Sonia
Gandhi was not in the loop over the decision. "The party has
nothing to do with it. It is not involved in this airport
exercise," they said.
Party General Secretary Digvijay Singh said, "We are also
interested in the issue of corruption and black money but
hunger strike won`t check corruption or help in bringing back
black money. He (Baba Ramdev) should agree to the request made
by the Prime Minister and other ministers."
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee accompanied by Kapil
Sibal, Pawan Kumar Bansal and Subodh Kant Sahay held talks for
over two hours at the airport with Ramdev, who arrived by a
chartered jet from Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh this afternoon.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has already gone the extra
mile to urge Ramdev not to go ahead with his hunger strike,
promising him to find a "practical and pragmatic" solution to
tackle the issue of corruption.
Singh has written a letter to Ramdev, "welcoming his
constructive suggestions to improve governance."