Ramdev lands in state, backs CM for PM post

Says charges against Gadkari are about a 'technical scam', will campaign against the Congress in state till November 8.

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Monday launched his anti-Congress campaign and made it clear he backed Chief Minister Narendra Modi's candidature for the prime minister's post.

Calling Modi a "Shikhar Purush", Ramdev said without naming Modi, "One person who is one of the charismatic leaders and who has the gumption to lead India happens to be from Gujarat."

While exhorting people to defeat the Congress, the yoga guru termed the allegations against BJP president Nitin Gadkari as a "technical ghotala (scam)".

Lashing out at Congress, Ramdev said, "I will campaign against the Congress. Sabse bada papi to Congress hi hai (Congress is the biggest sinner). This party has done maximum damage to the country. Since I have had close ties with Gujarat for 20 years, it is my 'karmabhoomi' from where," he said.

The yoga guru is scheduled to start the fourth leg of his "Swabhimaan Yatra" from Alampur village, which is 65 kms from Bhavnagar. Ramdev is expected to be in Gujarat till November 8 and will tour Halol, Nadiad, Anand, Kheda and Bilimora, where he will hold "Yog Shibirs". Sources said Modi may make an impromptu appearance on the dais with Baba Ramdev at a Yoga Shibir.

On being quizzed about there being no Lokayukta in Gujarat, Ramdev said the new government would have to uphold the post of Lokpal.

He denied he has political ambitions. "I will never contest any elections nor will I be part of any political party, but I will campaign for a party that brings back all the black money stashed away by the current ruling party in banks abroad."

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