Declare black money: Digvijay to Ramdev

A day after Congress appeared going soft on Ramdev, party General Secretary Digvijay Singh today hit out at the yoga guru asking him to first declare how much black money he possesses before launching a campaign to bring back ill-gotten wealth stashed abroad.

‘Everything of whatever I had said about Ramdev and Anna Hazare in past has come out to be true. There is a notice by Enforcement Directorate on tax evasion against Ramdev. [Ramdev] himself is in the dock but keeps talking about bringing black money back. First he should declare how much black money he has,’ Singh told reporters here.

Ridiculing BJP chief Nitin Gadkari for touching the feet of Ramdev a few days back when the latter went to meet him, the AICC leader said,’I was very happy to see Gadkari on the feet of Ramdev, who is facing an ED notice on tax evasion. So the BJP President is on Ramdev's feet.’
His remarks came on a day when after Sharad Pawar's NCP, another Congress ally RLD came out in support of Ramdev's campaign against black money and corruption with the yoga guru saying he will put a fresh proposal before the government during the coming Monsoon Session of Parliament.

Observing that Ramdev has helped in awakening the people on this issue, Ajit Singh today said there is more black money in the country than what is stored abroad.

Singh's strong attack on Ramdev is in contrast to the position taken by party spokesperson Rashid Alvi yesterday.

Alvi saw nothing wrong in Ramdev meeting Sharad Pawar on the black money issue and said Sonia Gandhi will ‘definitely consider’ giving an appointment to him, if it was sought.


Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh on Thursday praised yoga guru Baba Ramdev for spreading awareness on the issue of black money, but noted that it wasn’t easy to get rid of the problem due to legal loopholes.

The development comes two days after another united Progressive Alliance (UPA) constituent, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar backed Ramdev on the issue.

‘The use of black money in elections is a threat to democracy. We all know that black money is an evil. However, it’s not easy to get rid of it because the laws meant to tackle the issue has loopholes,’ Ajit Singh told reporters here.

‘The government is trying to get black money stashed abroad but it is tough dealing with foreign banks spread across several countries,’ he added.

Praising Ramdev for spreading awareness on the issue, Ajit Singh said if the common man wakes up, the issue will be resolved.

Vowing to meet political leaders as well as gram sabha representatives to build consensus on the issue, Ramdev said he had also sought a meeting with PM Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.
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