Underplaying attacks by Team Anna, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday extended support to yoga guru Baba Ramdev in his campaign on the issue of black money, saying till it is brought back, the poor won’t benefit.
Mr. Ramdev met Mr. Yadav at his residence here for over an hour to seek his support on bringing back black money stashed away abroad.
“Ramdev is fighting against black money. It has my full support. We had been against black money and will continue to do so,” Mr. Yadav said after the meeting.
Interestingly, BJP veteran Jaswant Singh also reached Mr. Yadav’s 16, Ashoka Road residence when Mr. Ramdev was meeting the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister. He left Mr. Yadav’s residence after 10 minutes.
In reply to a poser on Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal dubbing Mr. Yadav, along with other politicians, as “corrupt”, he said, “I don’t give importance to such people, nor do I take notice (of their statements).”
“Socialists have fought against black money from the time of JP (Jai Prakash Narayan) and (Ram Manohar) Lohia had been against black money. You should read the literature,” Mr. Yadav said.
Mr. Yadav said Mr. Ramdev’s “struggle” will be successful. “Till the time black money is not brought back, the poor won’t benefit. It also leads to corruption...the war had weakened. But I am happy that Ramdev has relaunched it,” Mr. Yadav said.