Kejriwal denies walkout from Anna-Ramdev fast

Denying reports that he left the fast venue after Baba Ramdev snubbed him, Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that he had to leave as he was unwell and he has the “greatest respect” for the yoga guru.

“I had to leave fast venue bcoz I am v(ery) unwell. I told this to Anna and swamiji. It is wrong to say that I left in protest,” Mr. Kejriwal said in a tweet.

“I have greatest respect for swamiji,” he tweeted.

He said he would convince the yoga guru about the importance of taking names and demand action against corrupt people.

“This is a political battle and we will have to name and shame and demand severe action against corrupt people,” he said in his tweet.

“I will personally speak to Swami Ramdev ji. I am sure I will be able to persuade him that naming is important,” he said.

Earlier, Baba Ramdev disapproved of Mr. Kejriwal’s comments against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other politicians during his fast along with Mr. Hazare saying he was against personal criticism.

Soon after Mr. Kejriwal, who was on fast along with Mr. Hazare and Baba Ramdev, finished his speech, the yoga guru took the microphone and said “Today, we thought that we will not take anybody’s name. But Arvind took the names”.

“We don’t want any controversies. Arvind does not have any enmity with anyone. The names have been taken in some context. We are against personal criticism,” he said.

During his speech, Mr. Kejriwal attacked Dr. Singh and his Cabinet colleagues whom the Team Anna had accused of indulging in corruption.

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