New Delhi, June 9: Baba Ramdev should use a political platform if he wants to indulge in politics, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said here today. “Baba Ramdev has taught yoga across the country and that is the basis of his popularity. When he share the dias with people who are known to have divided the country in the name of religion, then you can only imagine what goes on in the mind of the common man.
“Those who want to indulge in politics should use a political platform,” Soni said when asked to comment on the yoga guru's indefinite fast on the issue of black money. Sadhvi Ritambhara, who is linked to the RSS and VHP and is one of the accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case, was seen sharing the dais with Ramdev at the Ramlila Ground on Saturday.
Soni also attacked the BJP for hitching on the issue raised by Ramdev.
“BJP has lost its political ground and is devoid of issues and is now leaning on such persons (like Ramdev) and seeking to gain politically from their actions,” she said when asked about BJP leader Sushma Swaraj's visit to Haridwar to meet the yoga guru.
Meanwhile, doctors in Haridwar said the yoga guru, who has been on a fast since June 4, has lost 1.5 kg over the past two days.
“Ramdev's condition is deteriorating day-by-day. His condition is unsatisfactory and his weight continues to reduce. At present, his weight is 58.5 kg. It was 60 kg on June 7,” Chief Medical Officer, Haridwar, Yogesh Chandra Sharma said. PTI