Ramdev does volte-face on Lokpal Bill issue
A day after stating that the Prime Minister and Chief Justice of India should not be brought under the ambit of the proposed Lokpal Bill, Baba Ramdev did a volte-face saying he did not make such a statement.
Ujjain: A day after stating that the
Prime Minister and Chief Justice of India should not be
brought under the ambit of the proposed Lokpal Bill, Yoga Guru
Baba Ramdev on Wednesday did a volte-face saying he did not make
such a statement.
He also said that he was firm on going ahead with his
planned indefinite fast against corruption in Delhi from June
4, despite government`s requests to put off the fast.
"I did not say that the proposed Lokpal Bill should not
cover the Prime Minister and CJI as their posts are highly
dignified," Ramdev told reporters after ending his one lakh km
Bharat Swabhiman Yatra here.
"Keeping the PM and CJI out of the Lokpal`s ambit was
never my personal opinion," he said, adding that there were
talks in the public that these posts should not come under the
ambit of Lokpal bill.
Ramdev said in Madhya Pradesh`s Sehore district
yesterday that the Prime Minister and CJI should not come
under the ambit of Lokpal given that these posts were highly
Baba also praised the CJI, saying that the judiciary in
the country was very active.
When asked to comment on Anna Hazare`s statement praising
the Prime Minister, he said he was not a spokesman of the
anti-graft crusader. "We are companions," he said.
He said that even though the government representatives
were urging him to put off his proposed fast, he would go
ahead with the fast. A meeting of our people is taking place
over the fast in Delhi, he said.
"I want that the huge black money stashed in foreign
banks should be brought back to India. I want to free the
country of corruption", he said.