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Ramdev eviction: BJP accuses Centre of declaring war on democracy

June 9, 2011 - New Delhi

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) condemning the crackdown on yoga guru Baba Ramdev, on Thursday said the Central Government has declared a 'war on democracy and its own people'.

BJP National Secretary Muralidhar Rao alleged that the Centre was trying to curtail democratic and fundamental rights by suppressing mass dissent.

"Unable to cope up, unable to cover up, unable to wrap up, they (United Progressive Alliance) have declared as they had done earlier, war on democracy, war on democratic institutions and democratic polity, started curbing the fundamental rights, right to protest, right to demonstrate, right to express dissent," he said.

"State is at war with people, just understand. So the movement against corruption is getting expanded and consolidated. This is the point, which is very serious. Bharatiya Janata Party condemns this attitude of the UPA Government," he added.

The BJP leader also criticized the Centre for not acting in a transparent manner on the issue, adding that the apathy was fuelling restlessness among the people.

"All over the country, the people are restless, the citizens are restless. Suspicion among people is getting intensified. Government is not acting transparently. Government under this leadership is not forthcoming. Also, the UPA and Congress ministers are not united. Coherence is lost," said Rao.

Rao further said the struggle against corruption and black money was gradually transforming into a nationwide socio-political movement, cutting across boundaries and divides.

"The protest movement now is not just confined to political opposition, BJP, within parliament or outside parliament. It is becoming a spread out movement. It is becoming a political movement transcending the parties and politics. This is the situation," he added.

Ramdev was on a hunger strike against corruption along with 65,000 followers when the police on the government's orders dismantled the elaborate camp late on Saturday night that had been set up at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan.


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