Baba Ramdev is on Hunger strike at Ram Lila Grounds in New Delhi to demand that people involved in stashing black money abroad are punished and that the money is brought back to India. Congress however seems to be manipulating the whole situation in their effort to defame the Baba.
With the kind of support Ramdev Baba has got in his demands from general public, Congress must be a worried lot. They have already seen the public support towards Anna Hazare’s movement, and they are surely afraid os a similar mass movement led by Baba.
News reports came out today that Ramdev Baba’s demands have been agreed upon by the Govt, but soon after Congress minister Kapil Sibal showed a letter in his press conference. The letter apparently was written by Ramdev’s close aide Acharya Balkrishna in which he apparently states that the fast would be called off by Saturday afternoon. Kapil Sibal tried to showcase the letter as a sell out by Baba even before the fasting started.
Quite naturally, Ramdev Baba is miffed. He agrees that the letter was written but it was only written for a case when the Govt will agree to his demands. He still went ahead with the strike to force Govt to accept the demands. He did not want to leave the supporters midway and then get back stabbed by Congress. So, he went for the hunger strike and did not break it today afternoon because no confirmation came in from the Govt.
What Congress and Kapil Sibal has done is something which was quite expected of the party. After all these scams and corruption, one doesn’t really expect Congress to support a movement against corruption. So, the easiest way out for them would be to defame those fighting the war against corruption.