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If Arvind Kejriwal comes out in favour of Narendra Modi, I can
If Arvind Kejriwal comes out in favour of Narendra Modi, I can mediate: Baba Ramdev
Yoga guru Ramdev has claimed that the Aam Aadmi Party has lost public support and the Arvind Kejriwal-led party was now finding ways to join hands with the BJP.
“They are keen to join hands with the BJP. Their situation is shaky and they have lost public support,” Ramdev said while addressing a press conference.
Highlighting his support for Narendra Modi, he said, “If he (Arvind Kejriwal) comes out in favour of Modi, definitely, I am prepared to mediate”.
Ramdev said he had earlier backed Kejriwal on the latter’s fight against corruption as the AAP leader had set out to cleanse the system, but he regretted that now he had “lost his way”.
“But he deflected from his mission. Kejriwal raised issues which Modi raises and for this I had given him my blessings. Now, I am advising him (Kejriwal) that don’t make excuses, don’t become a puppet in the hands of the Congress,” he said.
Slamming the AAP, Ramdev said, “Till today, the AAP’s ideology, policies and their principles are not clear.”
“They are themselves confused whether they are Rightist, Leftist or Communist, nationalist or opportunist; what they are, they are not clear. We don’t know what their economic policies are, what their views on foreign policy, on agriculture policy are, they are not getting time to think on this as their single agenda is to finish Modi,” he said.
He said those who had thought that Kejriwal will be their messiah felt that they have been let down.
Ramdev said that anti-national forces and terrorist elements do not want Modi to capture power.
“A fear psychosis is being created that if Modi comes to power, communal riots will break out in the country. They keep on raking up the Gujarat riots issue, which were not engineered by Modi, as is being alleged by some people,” he said.
He said the Congress and some other parties were trying their level best to stop the Gujarat chief minister from becoming the next prime minister, “but the more they oppose him, the stronger he is emerging”.
Making it clear that he had not joined the BJP and was only lending support to Modi and his party on certain issues, Ramdev said that people have lost faith in the Congress and were eager to give the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate a chance.
“Among all the people, only Modiji has shown us a ray of hope. I have offered everything, my organisation, my resources, everything at my disposal to see Modi becomes the next PM. The critical issue at this juncture is to save the country from corruption, inflation, bad governance, poverty and unemployment, this is my ‘rashtra-dharma’ (duty towards the nation) as it should be for any patriotic person,” he said.
Ramdev said despite being a non-political personality, he had received a number of threats from various people to stop his campaign against the Congress, “but I told them that for me the country comes first and I don’t care for my life”.
Slamming the Congress candidate from Chandigarh — former Union railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal — he said the “corruption taint” on him has not been washed no matter what he says in his defence.
“He remains a blot on Chandigarh’s face, as far as the politics is concerned,” he said.
Ramdev, who was in Chandigarh to support BJP candidate Kirron Kher, claimed that a “Modi wave” was blowing across the country and the Congress would barely be able to get 50 seats in the country in the Lok Sabha polls while the “NDA would touch the 300 mark”.
“Today, the country under the Congress rule is passing through a phase of crises. The situation is worse than what it was at the time of the British rule,” he said.
Kher, who was also present in the press conference along with BJP’s Chandigarh unit president Sanjay Tandon and former BJP MP Satya Pal Jain, alleged that the Congress has always pursued the “divide and rule policy” for petty political gains.
“The country needs a strong and decisive leadership, which Modiji can provide,” she said.