Swami Ramdev supporters flay Congress MP for offensive remarks

via IANS published on February 22, 2011

New Delhi: Supporters of Swami Ramdev Saturday said they will hold “shudhi yagna” (purification ceremony) on Sunday at the residence of Ninong Ering, Congress MP from Arunachal Pradesh, and not allow him to enter parliament for his “derogatory utterances” against the yoga guru at a camp held in the state.

Patanjali Yogpeeth, which is headed by Swami Ramdev, said in a statement that the MP misbehaved with the yoga guru by calling him a “bloody Indian” and “a dog” at a yoga camp, and threatened him with dire consequences for his movement against corruption.

“The local Congress MP, Ninong Ering, called Swami Ramdev ‘bloody Indian’ and ‘a dog’ and threatened him with dire consequences for his Bharat Swabhiman movement against corruption and black money,” the statement said.

It said Arunchal Pradesh Education Minister Boisram Sairam was also present at the camp.

The statement said that Swami Ramdev referred to questions posed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh regarding corruption, and asked the people present if they had signed the memorandum to be submitted to him.

It said the education minister and the MP lost their cool and made derogatory remarks against Swami Ramdev.

“This has led to a huge anger among the crores of workers of Bharat Swabhiman. They have decided that they will organise ‘shudhi havan’ at the residence of the MP in Delhi and Arunachal Pradesh. They also said the MP has no moral right to enter parliament for using indecent and unparliamentary language and he will not be allowed to enter parliament,” the statement said.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) condemned the alleged remarks of the MP and asked the Congress to take action against him.

BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said Ering’s remarks were irresponsible and seditious.

“He has abused Baba Ramdev and called him a bloody Indian. We condemn this outburst. Ramdev is revered all over the country,” Javadekar said.

“When he calls somebody a ‘bloody Indian’, does Ering not recognise Arunachal Pradesh to be a part of India?” Javadekar said, adding that if the MP does not consider himself an Indian, he has no right to sit in parliament.

The Congress, however, said that it was a matter between two individuals and the party will not be in a position to comment till it speaks to the incharge of the Arunachal Pradesh unit.

“Nobody should use uncivilised language in any walk of life,” Congress spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed said.

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