New Delhi, July 1: Yoga guru Swami Ramdev says, he will fight the government till his last breath over the issue of black money.
"Let them finish me off, let them destroy my Patanjali Yogpeeth, I will fight these people till my last breath" (chhahe mujhe mita den, Patanjali Yogpeeth ko matiyaamet kar den, main akhri saans tak ladhoonga), vowed the guru in Rajat Sharma's Aap Ki Adalat.
Ramdev said, he would soon set out on a nationwide tour on the issue of bringing back black money.
"The last one year, I travelled nearly one lakh kilometres, this time I will travel two lakh kilometres and I will continue till these people don't bite the dust" ( hum tak tak aage badhenge jabtak ye saare saaf nahin ho jaate), said Ramdev.
"You can bundle out common people and saints, but you cannot finish them off. The people of this country has the power to unseat them when the time will come" (waqt aane par takht badalne ki taakat janta ke paas hai), said the yoga guru.
Ramdev strongly defended his associate Acharya Balkrishna's nationality saying that there are lakhs of people in India whose parents may have been from Nepal but are born here and have acquired Indian nationality, but Balkrishna was being singled out.
"Hamen garv hai Balkrishna pe" (I am proud of Balkrishna), said Ramdev. 'His passport is 100 per cent legal. The passport was issued in 1998. Since the government doesn't have any issue, it has picked up Balkrishna', added Ramdev.
Grilled by Rajat Sharma on why he, as a satyagrahi fled from Ramlila Maidan, Swami Ramdev said: "Yes, satyagrahis do not flee, but satyagrahis are not beaten up in the dead of night. Did Gandhiji ever seek permission for holding satyagraha?"
Asked why he donned a woman's garb to flee, Ramdev said: " The police wanted to kill me. They had come not to arrest, but finish off Ramdev. Even Arjuna and Lord Shiva had donned a woman's garb in the interest of upholding dharma. Today, I am alive only because of the help of my people. I did not want to die a dog's death at the hands of Delhi Police. "
Ramdev rubbished HRD Minister Kapil Sibal's charge that there was a deal with the government to call off the fast after a day. The yoga guru lashed out at Sibal saying he was a "dhokebaaz, maha-jhoota" (cheat, liar).
"During the satyagraha, my phone had been put under surveillance. Even during the last call that I had with the government, Sibal assured me that the government would declare black money as national property, but they had no such intention of doing so".
Ramdev rejected Delhi Police's charge that opposition leaders from different parties were instigating the people at Ramlila Maidan. "I have the tapes of all their speeches. Let them show one sentence in which any leader may have spoken of sedition, instability or violence".
The yoga guru also rubbished Congress allegation that he was a 'mask' for RSS-BJP.
"I am not the mask of RSS-BJP. I am the mask for 121 crore Indians. I want RSS, VHP and all political parties to join my fight. I do not consider anybody as untouchable.... Let me ask: Is Mohan Bhagwat (RSS chief) a terrorist, and if he is a terrorist then why doesn't the government take action against him?"
"Neither I am manipulating the RSS, nor is the RSS using me. I want to manipulate 121 crore Indians to bring back black money", said Ramdev.
Swami Ramdev in Rajat Sharma's talk show Aap Ki Adalat will be telecast on India TV on Saturday July 2 at 10 pm and on Sunday July 3 at 10 am and 10 pm.