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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1585

Yoga Guru Ramdev draws flak for clean chit to Narendra Modi

From R. Vasudevan—Reporting from New Delhi
New Delhi, 30 July (

Yoga guru Ramdev on Sunday came under attack from Team Anna as he shared the stage with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad and said he found no basis for allegations of corruption in Gujarat.

"Everybody is asking me about corruption in Gujarat, but I couldn't find anything of this sort. Modi is not doing anything wrong," Ramdev, who has joined hands with Anna Hazare and his aides in their anti-graft stir, said at an awards function where Modi was also present on the dais.

"Ministers of Congress-led UPA government have been in jail. Had the Gujarat Chief Minister also done anything wrong, he would have been put behind bars," Ramdev said. Suggesting uneasiness in Team Anna over association with the yoga guru in their anti-corruption agitation, its member Sanjay Singh described Modi as a "murderer of humanity" and said Ramdev has to explain why he shared the dais with the BJP leader.

A section in Team Anna is also in discomfort over the association with Ramdev even as Hazare and the yoga guru share good relations. Speaking at the Tarun Kranti Awards-2012 ceremony, Modi also praised Ramdev saying he was doing an "excellent job" in the national interest.

- Asian Tribune -

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