Monthly Archives: June 2011

Baba Ramdev returns to Delhi, meets Rajbala

NEW DELHI: Weeks after he was forced to quit Delhi, Baba Ramdev returned here on Sunday to meet a woman who remains in hospital since suffering spinal injuries in a police crackdown on the yoga guru on June 5.

Ramdev met Raj Bala, 51, a resident of nearby Gurgaon, at the GB Pant Hospital. He is to address the press later in the day.

Delhi Police said there were no restrictions on Ramdev’s movements.

“Why would we stop him?” asked Deputy Commissioner of Police Dharmendra Kumar. “He is allowed to hold a press conference.”

Delhi Police broke up his fast against corruption at the Ramlila ground here after June 4 midnight, dispersing thousands of men and women using force and tear gas. Many suffered injuries. Raj Bala was one of them.

Ramdev reached the hospital this afternoon and met Rajbala in the Intensive Care Unit. He left the hospital around 3 pm.

A large number of his supporters had gathered outside the hospital but were prevented by police from entering the Unit. Speaking to the media, Baba Ramdev accused the government of trying to silence people who are fighting corruption. He said, ” Rajbala’s condition is due to police violence. My fight was not illegal and nobody can silence me.”

Police were deployed in abundance outside the hospital to ensure that no untoward incident takes place. Senior officials were at the hospital leading the police contingent.

Sources said police was keeping a close watch on the movement of the yoga guru.

Delhi Police has in an FIR on the Ramlila Maidan incident, cited “provocative” speeches made by religious and political leaders, including Baba Ramdev and Sadhvi Ritambara, as the main reason for canceling permission for the yoga guru’s protest at Ramlila Maidan.

He was asked to leave Delhi and banned from entering the city for 15 days. Ramdev continued his fast in Haridwar and Dehradun till June 12.

Rahul is Italian, can’t become PM: Swamy

Thu, 2011-06-23 00:38
From R. Vasudevan – Reporting from New Delhi
New Delhi, June 23 (

One can trust Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy to come up with sensational statements that will hit media headlines. He has questioned whether Rahul Gandhi can aspire to be PM as he had an Italian passport.

Swamy criticised Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh for proposing that Rahul Gandhi take over as Prime Minister and said that legally Rahul Gandhi and his sister were barred from the post.

In a statement, Swamy dubbed Singh as the “mouthpiece of the Janpath coterie” and said the coterie had “lost all hope on Manmohan Singh performing in the coming months as the 2G spectrum scam unravels and the list of accused lengthens with additions from the Congress.”

He accused Digvijay Singh of treating the Prime Minister as “some kind of regent in the Maino dynasty, waiting for Rahul to grow up.”

Swamy, however, argued that there was a legal bar on Rahul Gandhi becoming the Prime Minister “arising from Italian law which made him a citizen upon birth. He has never renounced this inherited citizenship and that he has travelled on Italian passport all over Europe on an alias.”

Swamy said Gandhi should “learn from the experience of his mother whose attempt to become the Prime Minister in 2004 was aborted when the then President of India Abdul Kalam wrote a letter (which is still to be published) which was read by two witnesses present when Ms. Sonia Gandhi received that letter, namely Natwar Singh and Manmohan Singh. It should now be perfectly clear to Ms. Sonia Gandhi as well as her two children that there is no legal way by which any of them can ever become the Prime Minister of India.”