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We are NOT behind Ramdev's protest: RSS chief

Last updated on: June 7, 2011 11:42 IST

'RSS was not behind the stir'

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Lashing out at the Centre for its midnight crackdown on protesters at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat has admitted that the outfit had extended support to yoga guru Baba Ramdev's agitation.
 
"The RSS was not behind the stir launched by Ramdev seeking repatriation of black money stashed illegally in foreign banks but we have extended all support to this agitation," Bhagwat said on Sunday night.
 
He said that the RSS in its recent meeting had adopted a resolution to extend all support to Baba Ramdev.

Image: Mohan Bhagwat

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'RSS cannot remain a mute spectator'

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"The RSS cannot remain a mute spectator to the social revolution taking place against corruption and black money. Therefore, it has asked its cadres to join the agitation," Bhagwat said.
 
Talking about black money stashed in foreign banks, Bhagwat said it certainly belonged to people from the higher strata of the society.

"It is not that a poor man has collected his money and deposited it in the Swiss bank," he said.


Image: Ramdev has demanded the repatriation of black money stashed abroad

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'How has the NAC been constituted'

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He also questioned the legality of the proposed Anti Communal Riots Bill being drafted by the National Advisory Council, saying that the very existence of the NAC was unconstitutional.
 
"If Ramdev and Hazare are outsiders, under which clause of the Constitution has the NAC been constituted? Does it not comprise outsiders," he asked.

Image: Baba Ramdev and Swami Agnivesh with Anna Hazare

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Baba Ramdev continues hunger strike

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Baba Ramdev was on a hunger strike against corruption along with 65,000 followers when the police, on the government's orders, decided to dismantle the elaborate camp that had been set up at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan.
 
The Baba was caught dressed as a woman, while heading away from the camp towards the railway station. 
 
A special plane took him to Dehradun and from there he was taken to his ashram in Haridwar by road. He continues with his indefinite fast against corruption.

Image: Baba Ramdev after he was evicted from Delhi's Ramlila Maidan

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Source: ANI