April 18, 2014
During my many meetings with Ramdev I told him clearly that UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES will I directly support any corrupt party – and that includes BJP (or Modi). He knew this very well when he asked me to build a reform political party that would clean up India's governance. I took this seriously (since this is precisely what I've been working on for many years) and built the Swarna Bharat Party through FTI. This is PURELY our effort (not Ramdev's effort), but I took into account around 10 per cent of Ramdev's points – even those I did not agree with. (These I'll clean out now).
I have had VERY SIGNIFICANT and authentic input over the last year about Ramdev's empire not being really clean. Shady land deals, avoided taxes, and even direct black money. In crores. Lots of very reliable people have spoken to me about such things. I personally requested Acharya Balakrishna to allow FTI to conduct a full audit through some eminent people, but that did not go anywhere. I was of the view that if Ramdev's empire is clean, it should be thoroughly checked and (if found clean) declared to be clean by an eminent group of Indians. But leave that aside.
Today, I chanced upon this video. In this video BJP candidate Mahant Chand Nath says to Ramdev:
अच्छा एक किसी नें कहीं से पैसे ल्यानें में बड़ी दिक्कत होती है. हमारे पकड़े भी गये.
Translation: "Well, we are facing lot of problems in getting money [to this constituency]. Our people were also caught [by the Election Commission]."
To which Ramdev replies in a whisper:
आप बात करना बंद करो, बावरे हो क्या? यहाँ मत करो. [Laughs sheepishly]
Translation: "Don't be an IDIOT. Stop this conversation now! [Don't talk such things in public]."
Instead of reprimanding Mahant Chand Nath for having made use of BLACK MONEY (for only black money gets seized by the Election Commission), Ramdev asked him to HIDE the truth about black money from the public. If I were Ramdev I'd have got up on the stage and called for the police to ARREST this corrupt candidate.
It is shocking that someone would even DARE to discuss this issue with him. That indicates an expectation that Ramdev would be able to help in dealing with black money. But it is more than that. It is clear from this that Ramdev WOULD have been willing to advise (re: BLACK MONEY used in elections) – but in private.
Ramdev's support for corrupt BJP has TOTALLY undermined his claim to fight against corruption. But here is a DIRECT CASE OF SUPPORT OF BLACK MONEY. Instead of getting this candidate behind bars (for the black money caught by the ECI was clearly was being used with this candidate's full knowledge), Ramdev is asking him to HIDE this issue. Discuss this black money "dhandha" in private. That's where all the crooks do their dealings. Behind the doors. In private. LOOT THE COUNTRY IN PRIVATE.
Ramdev has thus conclusively PROVEN that the stories about him that I've long heard are true. He not only supported corrupt BJP - thus BETRAYING what he had agreed with me (and instead of working with me on Swarna Bharat Party) – but here, instead of getting up on the stage and demanding that this candidate be arrested for use of black money, he is HUSHING UP THE USE OF BLACK MONEY.
Ramdev is a ढोंगी.
रुपये-रुपये में फर्क? BJP का black money अच्छा! Congress का black money बुरा?
देश को अपना उल्लू समझ रखा है?
देश का लुटेरा. देश का दुश्मन.
मुंह में राम, बगल में छुरी.
It is SUCH people I've fought all my life, and now this man turns out to be one more of the SAME old CROOKS. I have ZERO tolerance for corruption or supporters of corruption.
I will forward this to the Election Commission of India to arrest the BJP candidate for direct proof of his involvement in black money.
Listen to the above carefully. [Updated: There was a rebuke ("idiot") that Ramdev uses that I couldn't fully decipher. This has now been clarified as "baware".] The rebuke is NOT to say: "Why in heaven's name are you using black money!" The rebuke is: "Why are you saying such things in public? This is secret business we should do outside the public limelight." But the rest is very clear.