Puri Shankaracharya supports Ramdev's eviction



New Delhi: Supporting the government's action against Ramdev, Puri Shankaracharya Adhokshajanand Dev on Sunday blamed the yoga guru for all the trouble and said he should give up the saffron robe.

"Ramdev is responsible for all the disturbances. He hid the truth from his followers (about the deal struck with the government). He should apologise to them...He was misusing the saffron cloth for some years now. What happened (forceful eviction from New Delhi) is fine. He should not wear the saffron robe," he said.

He also accused Ramdev of having commercial interests in mind and said the yoga guru resorted to actions which were against the basic tenets of a saint.

"People who become gurus should give up commercial activities...Gurus and saints lead a life of renunciation and work for the welfare of others. Ramdev had commercial interests in mind and joined hands with forces fomenting trouble in the country. Therefore he should not be counted in the category of gurus," the seer told reporters here after meeting HRD Minister Kapil Sibal.

He also rubbished Opposition's criticism against the police action, saying, "People who are criticising the police action are themselves corrupt and responsible for mass murder. Narendra Modi (Gujarat Chief Minister) like people must be saying this. They should first look into their own deeds."

Social activist Swami Agnivesh had also met Sibal yesterday and had condemned the government's action against Ramdev.

PTI