Ludhiana , 5 June : Prof. Bhandari, former President BJP Punjab and Vice Chairman Punjab State Planning Board Punjab, said that the brutal and unprovoked lathi charge on the innocent followers of Baba Ram Dev sitting in a peaceful agitation at Ram Lila Madan and Baba’s arrest has sent shock waves in the whole country. The way the Baba has been treated by the UPA government is really shameful and need to be condemned by one and all. Baba’s crusade against corruption and black money has earned the ire of the government and they have tried to stiffle his voice by the use of police force which used tear gas and lathies to disperse the innocent and peaceful citizens most of whom were sleeping on the ground after the day’s fast. Baba and his followers who have been chanting and singing patriotic songs the whole day of his peaceful struggle looked more dangerous to the UPA leaders than the terrorists so far so that the congress spokesman Digvijay Singh went on to call him a thug.
Prof Bhandari said more than 70 innocent women, old people and children were injured in the brutal force used by the Delhi police , 30 of whom were still lying injured in Delhi hospitals. This definitely was a black day in the history of Indian democracy and reminded of emergency days.
Prof Bhandari further said that the BJP which had the issue of corruption and black money on its national agenda supported the peacful struggle of the Baba and said that the government will not be able to shield the corrupt politicians, businessmen and the beaureucrats for long as his party will continue this tirade against the scourge of corruption.