Congress demands arrest of Ramdev over 'honeymoon' remark
New Delhi: Congress on Sunday demanded the arrest of Yoga Guru Ramdev over his controversial "honeymoon" remark against Rahul Gandhi, saying there are certain "crimes" which should not be pardoned.
"He has insulted the Dalit community...there are certain crimes which cannot be pardoned," party leader Rashid Alvi told reporters. Congress spokesperson Neem Afzal said he should be arrested and cases should be slapped against him under the SC and ST Act.
Congress had yesterday termed as "shameful and despicable" Ramdev's controversial remarks and had sought an unconditional apology from him as well as BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, alleging the Yoga Guru is part of his coterie.
While Union Minister P Chidambaram had described "shameful and despicable the Yoga Guru's remarks that Rahul visits Dalit homes for honeymoon, party's dalit leaders such as Kumari Selja and Krishna Tirath had said his remarks reflected a "perverse" mindset who has no regards and respect for Dalit women and views them only as a "commodity".
LJP chief Ram Vilas Pawan, an NDA partner, however said that the chapter should be closed, contending that he had already apologised.
Expressing regret to the Dalit community, Ramdev had said in Vadodara yesterday that "the statement I made has been misrepresented. The term honeymoon period is over is commonly used in political language. I tried to use it in that sense," Ramdev had claimed.