BJP bonds with Ramdev, asks UPA 'to come out with time-bound plan against graft'
New Delhi, Aug 13 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday hit out at the ruling Congress Party after yoga guru Baba Ramdev's detention, saying the UPA Government has repeatedly refused to take up the issue of corruption.
Senior BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu said that his party fully supports Baba Ramdev and asked the UPA Government to come out with a time-bound plan against graft.
"The government has repeatedly refused to take up issue of corruption. We want government to come out with a time-bound plan against graft. We support Baba Ramdev's stir and will continue to raise the issue of graft," he said.
Meanwhile, the Congress Party took potshots at Baba Ramdev's move, saying that the main intention of the yoga guru has been to oppose the ruling party.
Congress General Secretary Janardhan Dwivedi said Baba Ramdev's real face has been exposed during his agitation.
"Ramdev's real face has been exposed. Ramdev's issue is not to bring back black money, but to oppose Congress," said Dwivedi.
Delhi Police earlier this afternoon took yoga guru Baba Ramdev and his supporters into preventive custody at the Ranjit Singh flyover here during the march to the Parliament.
"We will continue to fight this government... that is our strategy now...," said Baba Ramdev after submitting himself to be taken into police custody.
Baba Ramdev, who was in his trademark red robes and a black band of protest on his forehead, also asked his supporters not to resort to violence.
"We had decided that we would make the government hear our voices by a hunger strike. We were marching peacefully, now the police have stopped us. We respect the law," said Baba Ramdev before being arrested.
"The Delhi Police has to listen to the government, they are puppets. Congress' hand is not with us; these cops now say they will take me away," he added.
Baba Ramdev was earlier denied permission for the march by the Delhi Police.
The police personnel are likely to take Baba Ramdev and the others to a stadium in Bawana that will double up as a makeshift jail. From Bawana, it will be difficult for them to congregate near the city centre again.
Delhi Police has brought in more additional forces to clear the crowd that has gathered around Baba Ramdev. Delhi Police is likely to release most of the supporters taken into preventive custody by this evening.
Baba Ramdev, who secured the support of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and brought them on his platform at the Ramlila Maidan here today, earlier in the day declared that he would take his ongoing protest on black money and corruption to Parliament and vowed to oust Congress in the next Lok Sabha polls.
Baba Ramdev said that the aim of his protest is to ensure that no ' dishonest person enters Parliament' following the Lok Sabha elections in 2014.
The yoga guru, who is having the support of the National Democratic Alliance parties in his mission has, however, denies having any 'political agenda'.
Baba Ramdev's last outing at the Ramlila Maidan, in June last year, saw a midnight police crackdown with authorities claiming that he violated norms agreed upon. He was caught by police, while trying to flee from the protesting venue in a woman's attire. (ANI)
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