Jalandar: Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram
Vilas Paswan on Saturday termed Ramdev`s fast as a "drama" and a
"fight for political power".
"Baba Ramdev`s fast is not a fight to bring back the
black money stashed in foreign banks. It is a fight to gain
political power," said Paswan at a press conference here.
"First he (Ramdev) said that the government has agreed
to 99 per cent of his demands and then he went ahead with his
fast. All this is a drama by the Baba to gain greater
popularity," Paswan said.
"A sadhu cannot bring black money from outside, only a
statesman can," he said, adding that his party does not
support Ramdev as he has associated himself with the RSS and
Talking about the minimum wages under the Mahatma
Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA),
Paswan said that he will soon meet the Prime Minister and the
Rural Development Minister and demand equal minimum wages
under the act across all states.
"We will demand that all workers under the MNREGA
should be getting a minimum wage of Rs 200. When the funds are
coming from the centre why should there be state wise
Paswan also said that Punjab and Haryana are equally
prosperous but in Punjab the minimum wage is Rs 124 and in
Haryana it is Rs 179.
Asked about the need of his party to enter into an
alliance with the Congress Paswan said, "They need me. I don`t
"We will fight on all the 117 seats in Punjab
Assembly alone," he said. Elections to the Assembly are due
Asked whether he is considering an alliance with the
BSP, Paswan said, "No no. Never with BSP".