Ramdev retracts, says also wanted Kiran Bedi on panel

April 10th, 2011 - 6:28 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 10 (IANS) Yoga guru Baba Ramdev Sunday backtracked on his allegation of nepotism in the formation of the Lokpal Bill drafting committee, saying he was not unhappy that the father-son duo of Shanti Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan were on the panel but wanted Kiran Bedi to also be part of it.

Ramdev had Saturday alleged nepotism in the 10-member government-civil society joint drafting committee.

“I spoke to Kiran (Bedi) ji and will talk to Anna ji as people of the country are raising the issue that why nepotism has come in the five-member (civil society) committee which is representing the 121 crore population of the country,” Ramdev had told a TV channel.

He, however, retracted his statement Sunday saying the matter was raised by the media and some volunteers, and he had no issues with the members of the committee.

“I am happy to say that I have no role to play in the Jan Lokpal Bill committee and am not unhappy that Shanti Bhushan or Prashant Bhushan are there. We have trust in Anna Hazare and whatever decision he takes is correct. I only suggested that Kiran Bedi should be included in it,” he said.

Social activist Anna Hazare, who led a hunger strike to demand a stringent Lokpal Bill to fight corruption, has rejected the allegations of nepotism saying they needed experienced people and law experts on the panel to draft a stringent anti-corruption law.

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