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Congress takes on Ramdev; slams BJP, RSS

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Jun 04, 2011 at 05:17pm IST

New Delhi: The Congress on Saturday launched an all-out attack on yoga guru Baba Ramdev and said that there is no magic wand to solve the problems of black money and corruption. Questioning Ramdev's motive behind launching an agitation over his demands for bringing back the black money stashed away in foreign banks and strict action against those accused of corruption, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that talks are still on with the yoga guru.

"There cannot be any time-bound solution to Ramdev's demands. We don't have a magic wand. Talks are still on, but we will not take any undemocratic step to break the deadlock," said Singhvi.

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While also targeting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), Singhvi claimed that the Central Government has been trying to curb corruption.

"The Government is continuously trying to institutionalism effective measures to curb corruption. Some people with vested interest are hijacking and remote controlling the protest. Parties like the BJP or RSS who had failed to get the mandate are involved. These groups are inclined to destabilise the Government by controlling the movement like (the one) at Ramlila Maidan. What was Sadhvi (Ritambhara) doing there? What are BJP and RSS activists doing at Ramlila Maidan?" asked Singhvi.

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Singhvi made the comment while referring to the presence Sadhvi Ritambhara, who is an accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case, at the dais with Ramdev at the Ramlila Ground.

He also asked Ramdev to come clean and explain who sponsored the arrangements at the Ramlila Ground for his protest fast.

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"Who is financing the countrywide protest? The nation wants to know who has organised five-star facilities for the protesters?" he asked.

Accusing the BJP of taking no steps to control corruption when the patry was in power at the Centre as part of the National Democratic Alliance, Singhvi said, "The BJP during their tenure from 1998 to 2004 did not do anything to fight corruption. They did not take any step to control corruption."

However, the RSS declined to cross swords with the Congress on the issue.

"The RSS doesn't need to defend itself. This is between Ramdev and the Congress. Let them resolve it," said RSS leader Ram Madhav.

Former BJP leader Govindacharya blamed the Congress of targeting the wrong issue.

"The common man's problem and demands are different and Congress is targeting the wrong issue. Ramdev is above all these groups and parties. This is common man's movement and common man is involved in this. This movement is not to remove anyone but to remove corruption and other things which are affecting the common man," said Govindacharya.

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