Team Anna, Baba Ramdev fail to mend ties?


Even though Gandhian activist Anna Hazare tried to project a 'patch up' with yoga guru Baba Ramdev a day after RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal was apparently snubbed, differences persisted between the two groups on taking names of politicians.

While Baba Ramdev again stated that he was opposed to taking names, Kejriwal stated that he will continue taking names of politicians. Hazare admitted that there was difference of opinion on the

Hazare’s attempt to patch up differences with Baba Ramdev came after Kejriwal claimed that there was no protocol on not taking names at the day-long fast on Sunday at Jantar Mantar as stated by the yoga guru.

Baba Ramdev, however, maintained even on Monday that he did not want attention from the issue of black money to be diverted by taking names of politicians and hence was against it. He had stated on Sunday that he wants to take his agitation forward in 'decent' ways.

However, Hazare played down the differences and reiterated support for each other’s agitation.

Hazare also appeared to have a change of opinion on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s honesty, saying he now has 'doubts' after having gone through documents. He had earlier maintained that the Prime Minister was honest.

Hazare also reacted sharply to the statement of Congress president Sonia Gandhi made in the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Monday, that 'it was part of the conspiracy to level baseless allegations against the Prime Minister, the UPA government and the Congress'.

“We will send the files prepared by our team to her (Mrs Gandhi) with all proofs, then she will understand that her allegations were baseless,” Hazare said, after the core group meeting of his team.

On allegations against the Prime Minister, Hazare said that he has gone through the documents and now 'suspected whether Dr Singh is clean'.

He said that he had gone through the CAG report on coal allocation and the file prepared by his team.

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