While anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare has decided to stay away from yoga guru Baba Ramdev's agitation, Ramdev says that his focus is on issues and not the participants. Speaking to CNN-IBN's Bhupendra Chaubey, Ramdev said, "The issue isn't about the people, but saving our country."
Ramdev will be back at the Ramlila Maidan, renewing his campaign against black money on Thursday, a year after the police crackdown on his protest ast the same venue.
Following is the transcript of Bhupendra Chaubey's interview with Baba Ramdev:
Bhupendra Chaubey: Baba Ramdev, are you upset that on the eve on your fast you're being treated as an untouchable by Anna Hazare and team? Are you upset that no one from the team is likely to be present at your fast?
Baba Ramdev: That isn't even a question. They promised to me in front of the people of this country. I can't comment as I don't know their decision yet. The issue isn't about the people, but saving our country.
Bhupendra Chaubey: What is it that you're really asking for? What's your protest about because the government has already promised a Lokpal Bill?
Baba Ramdev: The movement has three issues. Black money, corruption and changing of the corrupt system. And I'm not asking to remove or add people to the existing system.
Bhupendra Chaubey: CNN-IBN has shown how you yourself are under the scanner of the income tax authorities, that you have not been giving service tax on the kind of money you've been generating on the club members. What credibility do you have then to be the leader of an anti-corruption crusade?
Baba Ramdev: What evidence do you have? This is nonsense. Come to me, I'll give you the right papers. There are a hundred kinds of notices with the government. Tomorrow, they can give your channel those notices.
Bhupendra Chaubey: Is Baba Ramdev simply headed towards politics then? Congress leaders are calling you a cheat, that you're hobnobbing with BJP leaders.
Baba Ramdev: My connections are with the people of this country. I consider them my own people.