Lok Sabha Speaker must confirm that not a single lawmaker is corrupt: Baba Ramdev

Gwalior, May 3: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev voiced his displeasure at the face-off with the political fraternity, including the Speaker of Lok Sabha, Meira Kumar.

On Thursday, he called on Kumar to confirm that no lawmaker was a criminal.

“When I said that I respect the good and honest people in politics but those who are bad, corrupt, dishonest and looters have to be removed in order to save the parliament of the country, they started attacking me n this matter in the parliament. Honourable Speaker of Lok Sabha (Meira Kumar) said that Baba Ramdev should respect the parliament and its customs, and the democratic institutions. So, I do respect them from the core of my heart. But can she guarantee that not a single lawmaker in the parliament is a criminal,” said Baba Ramdev.

Recently, while addressing a gathering at Raipur in the neighbouring state of Chhattisgarh, he had condemned the presence of corrupt politicians and people with criminal background in the parliament.

At this, cutting across party lines, leaders of various parties sternly criticised Ramdev’s utterances.

So much so, leader of regional Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Lalu Prasad termed the Yoga guru as insane.

He also said that his third-phase nationwide tour would stress on making the people aware about the need to fight corruption in public life and unearth unaccounted money stashed in off shore banks.

“I said that if you want to trigger bullet on me then do it from the front. I will face the bullet and baton charge but will not stop. The federal government will discharge its own duty and I will do my own duties but will not revert from this path as our struggle is completely constitutional and democratic in order to bring back the stashed black money, to eradicate corruption, to remove the corrupted system, to stop the land scams and to give back the rights of this country, which is its birthright. We will fight for it,” said Baba Ramdev.

Bab Ramdev claimed that he is ready to face any legal battle in the course of his crusade to eradicate corruption and retrieve black money.

“When we (the federal government and the social activists) will confront each other in August over the issues of bringing back the black money from abroad and the process of eliminating corruption, we will keep fighting for it until the government completely implements (the policies of anti-graft). The movement will keep on going in all the villages, blocks and districts of the country apart from Delhi and when millions of people will come together then we will see that how the government is going to stop us by firing bullets and resorting to baton charge,” said Baba Ramdev.

A series of high-profile scandals related to staging of the Commonwealth Games, 2-G spectrum allocation, Adarsh Housing Society and many such others have battered trust and thwarted policymaking in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s administration since last year.

The Congress party has come under fire for what activists say is a cynical response to mass anti-graft movements that sprouted this year. The government says the protests were undemocratic and should not be allowed to dictate policy.

The corruption saga has dented investor confidence and smothered reforms such as on land acquisition that could help maintain the momentum of one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, which has showed signs of slowdown. (ANI)