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Mayawati hits out at ‘Baba Ramdev Yadav’, says yoga guru should be jailed

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Wednesday hit out at Baba Ramdev, saying that the Election Commission should take strict action against the yoga guru, who “insulted” Dalits.

“Ramdev is a ‘Yadav’, so I don’t think the Uttar Pradesh government will act against him. The EC should take strict action against him. It’s unpardonable what he said,” said Mayawati.

She further said that a few Dalits, who were misguided by the BJP to support it, are now angry over Baba Ramdev’s comment. He should be jailed, added Mayawati. Ramdev created furore when he said in Lucknow on Friday: “He (Rahul Gandhi) goes to Dalits’ houses for honeymoon and picnic. Had he married a Dalit girl, his luck could have clicked and he would have become the prime minister.” The yoga guru had later apologised and said he was misinterpreted.

Mayawati also criticised the Congress leadership, specially its president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi, for not saying a word on the remarks made by Ramdev.

“While the BJP is getting support from Ramdev, one can understand its silence. But why is the Congress mum over Ramdev’s statement though its yuvraj (Rahul Gandhi) was the centre of the caustic remark?” she asked.

The BSP chief further appealed to Dalits and backward classes to cast their vote.

After casting her vote here, the BSP chief said the Dalits and the weaker section earned the right to cast their ballots after a long struggle by BR Ambedkar.

There is no Modi wave in the country, Mayawati added, accusing the media of creating a hype in favour of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Mayawati said she had been travelling to many parts of the state but found “very little” support for Modi.

Polling for 14 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh began this morning in the fourth phase of elections in the state to decide the fate of 233 candidates, including BJP chief Rajnath Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

This phase covers Lucknow, Rae Bareli, Dhaurahra, Sitapur, Mishrikh, Unnao, Mohanlalganj, Lucknow, Kanpur, Jalaun, Jhansi, Hamirpur, Banda, Fatehpur and Barabanki seats, which lie in Bundelkhand region and parts of central UP.

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