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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Sunday described the crackdown on yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s anti-graft fast as “a shameful chapter in the history of Indian democracy”.

“What happened last (Saturday) night at the Ramlila Ground is a shameful chapter in the history of Indian democracy. It was a barbaric act by the police against citizens who were protesting peacefully against corruption and black money,” said Jaitley, the leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha.

Police cracked down on Ramdev and his supporters in New Delhi’s Ramlila Ground after midnight Saturday and forcibly removed the yoga guru from the site. He was then evicted from the capital.

“Government did not act against Kashmir’s separatists who held meetings in the heart of Delhi. How can the attack on Ramdev be justified,” he asked.

Hitting out at Congress leader Digvijay Singh for his “thug” remarks against Ramdev, Jaitley said: “The Congress leader using bad language against Baba Ramdev is known for his idioms that lower the level of democracy. This language is unacceptable in politics.”

Black day, PM responsible: Modi

Calling it a “black day in history”, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi Sunday blamed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the midnight crackdown on yoga guru Baba Ramdev. 

“Manmohan Singhji, the country is not ready to believe that you are not involved in this. These atrocities are going on under your rule. Police is (controlled by the) Manmohan Singh government in Delhi, not under (Delhi Chief Minister) Sheila Dikshit,” Modi said. 

“This is a black day,” he said. 

Police cracked down on Ramdev and his supporters in New Delhi’s Ramlila ground after midnight Saturday and forcibly removed the yoga guru from the site. He was then evicted from the capital. 

“Manmohan Singhji, this innocent face of yours will tell every time when there’s a crisis, that you don’t know… Such gimmicks will not be forgiven by the country.

“You are responsible for this. If you are the prime minister, then show your strength. If you are not involved, then tell the country. 

“This was not an agitation against one party, this was not an agitation against one government. This is an effort to rescue the nation from a rotten system,” the Bharatiya Janata Party leader added. 

He said the protest against corruption should continue. “We are with Baba Ramdev in his cause.”


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