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Chidambaram charges RSS with being behind Ramdev's anti-corruption campaign

June 8, 2011 - New Delhi

Union Minister P Chidambaram accusing the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) with being behind yoga guru Baba Ramdev's crusade against corruption, on Wednesday said the Sangh apex body had decided to support all organisations and individuals raising the corruption issue.

"I think you should know who is behind Baba Ramdev. Go back to March 2011. At a meeting at Puthur in Karnataka, the Akhil Bhatiya Pratinidhi Sabha, which is the apex body of the RSS, decided to support all organisations and individuals that will raise the fight against corruption," he said in an interview to Doordarshan.

Chidambaram said on April 2, the RSS had announced the formation of an anti-corruption front in which Ramdev is the patron.

"I think sections of the media, for reasons which I can't spell out, are engaged in competitive populist coverage of these movements. This undermines parliamentary democracy," he said.

The Home Minister further said he supported the civil society activists raising their voice against corruption.

"But I don't support elected representatives yielding their obligations and responsibilities to civil society representatives. Let us remember that the foundation of this country is parliamentary democracy," he added.


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