Different political parties on Sunday slammed the midnight police action at Ramlila Grounds where yoga guru Baba Ramdev was on a hunger strike over the issue of black money.
‘Govt. afraid of Ramdev'
Lucknow: Samajwadi Party on Sunday said the police action against Baba Ramdev and his supporters showed that the “Central government has lost its mental balance“.
“The way in which police brutally dealt with Ramdev and his supporters, including women, shows that the UPA government is afraid of him. It’s an act against democracy... It seems that the Central government has lost its mental balance,” Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav told reporters in Luck now.
The action taken against Baba Ramdev would increase his followers and those who did not like him would also join the agitation, he claimed.
‘Blow to democracy’
Patna: Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar today slammed UPA government at the Centre for its use of ’brute force’ to evict yoga guru Baba Ramdev and his supporters from Ramlila Grounds in Delhi describing it as a ’major blow to democracy’
“The Centre owes an explanation on the issue,” he told reporters at the sidelines of a function on ‘World Environment Day’
“It is a major blow to democracy and an attack on the democratic rights of the people ... It is also an attack on the fundamental rights of the citizens,” he said and expressed anguish at the midnight action on “peaceful” protesters, including women and children, at Ramlila Grounds.
'Govt. protects the corrupt'
New Delhi: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Sunday condemned the “brutal” midnight action on Baba Ramdev and his followers and said it was crude attempt by the government to protect the corrupt.
RSS spokesman Ram Madhav wondered whether it was democracy and rule of law in India or it is a police state where action is taken on peaceful protesters at midnight without notice.
He said the police action only showed the government was going out of the way to protect those who break laws and attack those who raise issues.
Omar on the incident
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said the initial decision of the Central government to turn Baba Ramdev back from the Delhi airport on June 1 should have been implemented.
“Having read that the government had decided to turn Ramdev back from the airport itself, I can’t help but think that’s what should have been done,” Mr. Omar wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.com.