Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has conceded that the menace of black money had increased under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.
ABP News quoted Ramdev, a staunch supporter of BJP and PM Modi, as saying, ” yeh(black money) badhta hi jaa raha hai, yeh multiply hota jara hai. (It keeps increasing). People are stashing black money through tax avoidance as well.”
When reminded about Modi’s promise on transferring Rs 15 lakh to every Indian’s bank account, Ramdev said that ‘it was for Modiji to decide how soon he intended to fulfill his promie.’
Congress has wasted no time in pouncing at Baba, who had taken part in several agitations raising the issues of black money against the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government. He had also thrown his weight behind the BJP’s election campaign in the Lok Sabha elections that saw Modi secure absolute majority in 2014.
On Ramdev’s admission that the problem of black money had only increased under Modi, Congress’ spokesperson Akhilesh Pratap Singh said, “Mere criticism is not enough. Ramdev should display morality and and launch similar agitation against Modi as he had done against us.”
This latest statement by the yoga guru will no doubt embarrass PM Modi, but it may not be an indication of baba falling out with the BJP.