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Politics of blackmail not proper: Congress

Last Updated: Friday, June 3, 2011 - 21:50

New Delhi: Congress on Friday spoke against the
politics of blackmail but refrained from any comment on yoga
guru Baba Ramdev`s plans to start an indefinite fast here
tomorrow on the issue of corruption.

"I am not saying about Jantar mantar (fast by Anna Hazare
in April) nor about Ramdev but by definition itself politics
of blackmail is not proper", party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi
told reporters.
He made the remarks to a query concerning such politics
during the AICC media briefing dominated by questions about
Ramdev`s fast and how the party feels about the steps being
taken by the government to avert it.

Two days ago, Congress had disapproved of sending four
senior ministers led by Pranab Mukherjee to meet Ramdev at the
airport here.

"We do not want to add or subtract to what we have
already said on the issue. A process is on at the governmental
level....when talks are taking place to try to find a remedy,
please do not triviliase the issue .... Some good can come out
of it", he said.

He was responding to a satirical question whether the
party expected the government to hold talks with Bollywood
actresses Mallika Seherawat and Rakhi Sawant if they threaten
a fast like Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev.

"Let us not muddy the water either way", he said when
asked whether tough action was needed against the Baba.
He dismissed as hypothetical a question that an inquiry
should be instituted against the yoga guru for several alleged
land scams.


First Published: Friday, June 3, 2011 - 21:50

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