My mission is political purity: Ramdev
Yoga guru Ramdev on Tuesday said he was not aspiring for any political power but was only seeking "political purity" to lead the country on the path of value- based development.
Hyderabad: Yoga guru Ramdev on Tuesday said he was
not aspiring for any political power but was only seeking
"political purity" to lead the country on the path of value-
"I have no ambition for political power. My mission is
political purity. This is my first and final declaration," he
told reporters here after enlisting the support of TDP for his
fight against corruption and black money.
Ramdev said his vision was to see a "healthy and wealthy
India" by rooting out corruption and ensuring value-based
He, however, maintained that political parties alone could
bring about the required change in the system. At the same
time, he also stressed on the need for a `raajneetik vikalp`
(political alternative) to make India a powerful country.
The yoga guru said he was not against any political party
as such nor did he consider anyone untouchable.
"Congress party mein bhi achche log hain...har party mein
hain (There are good people in Congress too. There are good
people in all parties). But what the UPA government did on
June 4 at Ramlila grounds (forcibly breaking his fast) was
"In a fight, there will be troubles but I am not deterred
by them. My fight against corruption and black money will
continue despite the obstacles," he said.
Ramdev said he would tour the country from next month to
drum up people`s support for his fight.
"We have to fully change the corrupt system and black
money is not a small issue. Ills plaguing the country like
poverty, illiteracy and under development are only due to
corruption and black money," he added.
Asked about the CBI probe into his activities, Ramdev
said, "The Central government has set CBI and ED on me for the
past six months but so far they could not prove anything."
He, however, remarked, "Kabhi kabhi CBI achcha kaam karta
hai (Sometimes, the CBI does good work)."
On CBI`s allegation`s that his close aide Balkrishna
possessed a fake graduation certificate, he said it was a
TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu, who was present with
Ramdev, strongly condemned the Central government and the
CBI`s attitude towards the yoga guru.
"They are trying to victimise anyone who is fighting
corruption and black money. But we all will stand with him and
carry the fight forward," he said.
Naidu said financial, political and administrative reforms
were needed, apart from rooting out corruption, to build a
"The TDP, along with like-minded forces, will extend full
support to Ramdev and his efforts," he said.