The Congress is not worried about Baba Ramdev’s campaign against the Centre on the issues of corruption, black money as it is confident that RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Indian National Lok Dal chief Om Prakash Chautala could check the yoga guru for different reasons.
Baba Ramdev is a Yadav from Haryana. “Laluji and Mulayam Singhji will never like a Yadav to be taller than them. Baba Ramdev is an ambitious person and thus daring the Union government by expanding his agenda beyond aasan and yoga. How can they tolerate him?” asked a CWC member. On the other hand, Mr Chautala the former chief minister of Haryana, would not like another Haryanvi, to hit the headlines and become a national figure.
“This is against the psyche of Haryana,” he said predicting that the two Yadavs and Mr Chautala would become active to contain Baba Ramdev. Mr Lalu Yadav moved closer to the Congress once again on the Ramdev issue with a calculation that he could be accommodated in the Cabinet. He is desperate to be back in the Cabinet mainly because he cannot fight with chief minister Nitish Kumar in Bihar without power, the Congress insiders said.
A section of the Congress concede that the government managers involved in the negotiations were either “apolitical” or unaware of the roles of the game. “They should have sent secretary-level officials for talks with Ramdev and should not have allowed him to sit on hunger strike at Ramlila Grounds here. According to them, even Anna Hazare would not have sat on the fast-unto-death if the Maharashtra government officials and the state Congress leaders were involved in the talks. Asian Age