Narendra Modi-Ramdev friendship makes Anna Hazare mum

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New Delhi, Jul 30: Baba Ramdev, who pleased Team Anna by pulling some crowd along with him at Jantar Mantar in Delhi, irked the same team by praising Narendra Modi. The yoga guru's statement regarding Gujarat Chief Minister seems to have shocked Anna Hazare who kept himself away and remained mum.

Anna, who on Monday, Jul 30 continued his fast for the second day, earlier had faced criticism for praising Modi and this time his decision to keep himself away from Ramdev-Modi bonhomie might be an aftereffect of those criticisms.

Ramdev recently shared the dais with Modi during an award ceremony and claimed, "Everybody is asking me about corruption in Gujarat, but I couldn't find anything of this sort. Modi is not doing anything wrong."

The yoga guru's view on Modi shocked Team Anna as he (Ramdev) earlier had announced his support for the team in their fight against corruption. However, Ramdev's statement on Modi clearly showed his ambiguity as the Gujarat CM has been accused in many controversial cases.

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.

"We were never in agreement with Modi. We are not in agreement with Modi now. Narendra Modi is a murderer of humanity. Ramdev will have to clarify on this issue," Singh, who was conducting the proceedings from the dais along with another activist Kumar Vishwas at Hazare's fast venue in Delhi, told reporters when asked about Ramdev sharing the stage with Modi.

Claiming that Hazare has already made his views clear on Modi, he said the Gujarat Chief Minister has not passed a strong Lokayukta bill in the state. Hazare had last year courted controversy after praising Modi, remarks which were later clarified as commending on his initiatives for rural development. Since then, Hazare and his team had always been cautious not to comment on Modi.

A section in Team Anna is also in discomfort over the association with Ramdev even as Hazare and the yoga guru share good relations.

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