In what will come as a another controversy for the Bharatiya Janata Party and its Prime Ministerial candidate, yoga guru and Modi supporter Baba Ramdev was caught today on camera murmuring to the BJP Alwar candidate Mahent Chandnath -- "Are you a fool asking and talking about money when cameras/ mic are on?"
It seems Baba Ramdev was naive enough to believe that the cameras and mics weren’t already switched on and capable of hearing him speak.
Moments before Chandnath's press conference could start, in front of a bunch of cameras and microphones, Chandnath mentioned to Baba Ramdev that "paise le aane mein badi dikat ho rahi hai" (Facing problems bringing money here) and almost immediately, Baba Ramdev shut him up saying, "yahan baat karna bandh karo, bhole ho kya? (Stop talking here; are you a fool?)
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Baba Ramdev, an avid supporter of Narendra Modi, has been one of most vocal campaigners against black money in the past two years. He, along with the BJP, have been repeatedly targeting the UPA government on issues ranging from corruption to poor governance. He has repeatedly organised events in which he has spoken about bring back black money stacked in banks abroad.
That it was a BJP candidate who was caught talking to the yoga guru, will now give enough fodder to the Congress to attack the BJP.
This is not the first time though that the Ramdev has been caught in a controversy. He was earlier caught on camera, attempting to run away from the police, dressed as a woman in a burkha. The Delhi police weren’t fooled by his charade though. Soon after, there were accusations of his organisation being under the scanner of the Enforcement Directorate for violations of FEMA. With an empire of 34 companies that have an estimated turnover of nearly Rs 1,100 crore, he runs one of the world's largest ayurvedic conglomerate.