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Ramdev to exert ‘moral pressure’ on Lokpal Bill’s drafting committee

Posted by on April 14, 2011 0 Comment

Reiterating that he does not wish to be a part of the Lokpal Bill’s drafting panel, Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev on Wednesday said that he would continue to exert ‘moral pressure’ on the authorities for fighting corruption.

Clarifying assumptions that he wanted a spot in the recently formed Lokpal Bill’s drafting committee, Ramdev said that he wished to keep a low profile by not being a part of the drafting team since he is much occupied to be bound by any committee.

“I never wanted to be a part of the committee. I do not even want to comment on it; neither do I want to create any controversy in the matter. I am involved throughout the day in so many events,” Ramdev told reporters here.

“I meet lakhs of people everyday as such I do not want to be bound by just one committee. We will exert moral pressure on the committee to work against corruption,” he added.

Reacting on the Lokpal Bill drafting committee members, Ramdev said: “It’s a very complicated matter, all the revelations that will come out of it, will be unexpected. So I rather not comment now and get into controversy.”

Baba Ramdev had earlier expressed displeasure over the composition of the ‘Joint Government-Civil Society Committee’ to draft the Bill.

The yoga guru had complained about the inclusion of both Shanti and his advocate son Prashant Bhushan in the committee notified by the government.

Gandhian Anna Hazare called off his hunger strike on Saturday bringing to an end his 98-hour protest after govt issued a gazette notification constituting a 10-member Joint Committee of Ministers and civil society activists, including him, to draft an effective Lok Pal Bill.

The five Ministers are Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Chairperson, Home Minister P Chidamabaram, Law Minister Veerappa Moily (Convenor), HRD Minister Kapil Sibal and Water Resources Minister Salman Khurshid.

The civil society will be represented by Hazare, former Supreme Court judge N Santosh Hegde, former Law Minister Shanti Bhushan (Co-Chairperson), lawyer Prashant Bhushan and RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal.

Commenting on the recent proposal of the Andhra Pradesh Government to take over the billion dollars worth assets of ailing spiritual Guru Satya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi, Ramdev said he and his forum would protest against the government if goes ahead with acquiring the Sai Baba’s Ashram at Puttaparthi.

“A social trust should be let to function in its own way. Social workers still have better honesty than politicians. If the government tries to acquire Sathya Sai Baba Trust, we will be the first to raise the voice against such a move,” he observed. Agencies

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