New Delhi: Three weeks after he was driven out of the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev was back in the national capital on Sunday, lashing out at the Congress-led government at the Centre for the June 4 crackdown and terming the government as “corrupt” and “cruel”.
“The government has no will to fight corruption or create a Lokpal to check the menace,” Ramdev said while addressing a press conference in the capital.
“Sarkar pehle bhrashtachari thi, abh woh atyachari bhi ho gayi. (The government, which was already mired in corruption, has now, also resorted to meting out atrocities.) It is trying to muzzle the voices against black money and corruption”, he added.
The yoga guru alleged that the black money stashed in tax havens belongs to the UPA government. “The cruel crackdown on peaceful protesters proves that black money stashed in tax heavens belongs to this government and its beneficiaries,” he said.
"As the government could not get back the black money from abroad so they can now swoop on me and find out rather than making false statements against me," Ramdev said.
He dared the government to “use all its force” and "search" his institutions, “detect” if he has any black money, if so then “seize it” and declare it as national asset.
Rejecting the allegations made by Congress leaders that he was being used as a mask for BJP or RSS, the yoga guru said, "I am not a mask for anyone but the mask of 120 crore people. I am the son of Bharat Mata," adding, "I will stand by anyone, any party, any organisation and any religion to fight the menace of corruption and black money."
A heavy contingent of Delhi Police and the Rapid Action Force - led by Delhi Police Commissioner - cracked down on the peaceful protesters at Ramlila Maidan at the midnight of June 4.
Terming the crackdown in Ramlila Maidan as "murder of democracy", he alleged it was aimed at eliminating him and that there were "attempts to rape women" by drunken men during the police action.
On his attempt to escape from Ramlila Maidan disguised as a woman, Ramdev said he did not flee and claimed that he had offered arrest but the police did not carry it out.
"I did not want to die the death of a wolf, I did not want to die the death of an animal, I did not want to die at the hands of police which has become the puppet of the government. So I decided to escape," Ramdev said.
"There was threat to my life. They (police) wanted to kill me during the crackdown," he said.
Ramdev along with his supporters were on fast on the twin issues of corruption and black money. Ramdev was demanding that the black money, illicitly stashed in tax havens abroad, be declared as a national asset.
He had demanded the setting up of fast-track courts to ensure speedy trial in graft cases. In addition, he had also demanded the passage of a new Public Services Guarantee Act to curb corruption.
The Ramlila crackdown resulted after the government had failed to convince Ramdev to withdraw his proposed fast. The government used all its persuasive power to convince Ramdev to not to go on a fast. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had gone the extra mile to persuade Ramdev to change his mind by writing a letter to him, appealing him not to go on a fast.
In a further overdrive, a delegation of four senior Union Ministers met Baba Ramdev at the VIP lounge of Delhi airport upon his arrival in the city and discussed his demands. Two senior ministers again met the yoga guru at Delhi’s Claridges Hotel to negotiate his demands. But the government’s effort failed to cut ice with the yoga guru and he went ahead with his fast.
"If raising the issue of black money was wrong, if I was communal, if I was a Naxal, if I was a terrorist, why did four Union Ministers rush to the airport? Why did the Prime Minister write to me?” he asked.
“Truth can be suppressed but it can’t be wiped out,” the yoga guru said referring to the Ramlila Maidan crackdown.
“The government is trying to divert attention from the issues raised in the national interest”, he said.
Ramdev reached the capital from Haridwar by road this afternoon and straightaway headed to G B Pant Hospital in central Delhi to visit Raj Bala, who was grievously injured in the police crackdown in Ramlila Maidan.
Police had erected barricades along the border to screen those entering the capital and ensure that no untoward incident occurred during Ramdev`s visit to the capital.
Raj Bala, 51, who suffered spinal injuries in Ramlila crackdown, is on a ventilator support at the GB Pant Hospital.
"Behen Raj Bala is in a very critical condition. Only a miracle can save her once the ventilator is removed," he said.