Sharpening his attack on Baba Ramdev, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Saturday dubbed his indefinite fast as a “five-star satyagraha” sponsored by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) to divert people’s attention from “Sanghi terror”.
“Now it is absolutely clear as to what are the credentials of Baba Ramdev. He is now openly supported by RSS, BJP and VHP,” Mr. Singh told reporters.He alleged that this campaign by VHP and RSS “is to undo the Constitution and Parliamentary democracy by encouraging people like Baba Ramdev to go on such fast.”
Alleging that the campaign is “totally engineered by RSS and VHP to divert people’s attention from Sanghi terror”, Mr. Singh wondered “what kind of satyagraha is this of a Baba who travels in a jet.”
“He has got five-star tents put up with all facilities. And he is doing ‘satyagraha’ on issues, which he doesn’t know,” Mr. Singh, who recently dubbed Baba Ramdev as being more of a businessman than a ‘sanyasi’, said.
“The whole satyagraha is not something what the satyagraha Mahatma Gandhi meant. This is five—star satyagraha for which crores of rupees have been spent in creating air conditioned pandal,” he said.
Mr. Singh also took a dig at Anna Hazare who has announced plans to join Baba Ramdev in the fast tomorrow, saying, “I leave it to (his) judgement. Anna Hazare associates himself with RSS, VHP, I don’t know.”
The Congress leader, who has been speaking on the issue despite a virtual gag order, said that from day one everyone knows that “soldiers” of RSS, BJP and VHP are supporting Baba Ramdev.