BJP on token fast against Baba Ramdev's midnight crackdown

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New Delhi, Jun 6: Protesting the atrocity against Baba Ramdev's protest against corruption at the Ram Lila grounds in Delhi, BJP initiated a token satyagraha last night (Sunday). Attended by top BJP leaders like LK Advani, BJP President Nitin Gadkari, Ananth Kumar, the midnight crackdown was compared to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

The senior leaders gathered at the Raj Ghat in a symbolic protest undergoing a one-day fast. Ananth Kumar was quoted as saying to reporters, “The agitation is against the atrocities committed against Ramdev and his supporters and against corruption. We had been raising the issue of bringing back black money. Now we want an affirmative action."

With the UPA government emerging as the new villain with the turn of events that saw a swoop down on thousands of supporters that had gathered in the pandal of Baba-organized camp, the Delhi Police forcefully evicted the Baba and thrashed protestors in a 1:00AM stealth operation.

Nitin Gadkari said on the occasion, “Home Minister P Chidamabaram has replaced General Dyer, who had massacred peaceful agitators in Jallianwala Bagh during the freedom struggle." Advani also voiced his strong protest by saying that both Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is answerable to the public for the atrocities. Not sparing the President of India too, he said that the Prez should not be a “passive observer".

Caught in the wrong end of the controversy, the government is receiving the ire from political leaders from various quarters. Mulayam Singh Yadav, Samajwadi Party head said, “We will not ask for the Prime Minister's resignation, the public would." Narendra Modi also lashed out with his scathing verbose and commented that the crackdown was “Ravanlila in Ramlila Ground".

The Congress, meanwhile, still justifies the heinous act by saying Baba Ramdev had obtained permission only for a Yog Shivir and not for a mass protest. There are also reports that suggest there was a suspected terror threat to Baba's protest in Delhi.

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