With months to go for the 2019 general elections, yoga teacher Ramdev, once a staunch helper of the ruling BJP, has delivered what appears to be a huge rebuff to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It would be challenging to say who will be the next prime minister, he told news agency ANI on Tuesday.
“Now the political situation is quite difficult. We cannot say who will [be] the next prime minister or who will head the country, but the situation is very interesting…” Ramdev said in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai.
The comments come two weeks after assembly elections in five states, in which the Congress managed to win three heartland states from the BJP – Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh. While K Chandrashekar Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi retained Telangana, the Congress lost Mizoram to the Mizo National Front.
Ramdev, whose help was considered crucial for the BJP in the previous national election, said he would not support any person or oppose any party in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections due by May.
“We don’t have a political or religious agenda but we want a spiritual country and a spiritual world. Through yoga and Vedic practices, we are making a divine, prosperous and spiritual India,” said Ramdev.
Ramdev, 52, has been closely associated with the BJP, besides helping its national election campaign in 2014. A year later, he was named BJP-ruled Haryana’s brand ambassador and then given cabinet minister rank. He was allotted a car with a beacon, security personnel, and an escort vehicle whenever he gone in the state.
This is not the first time Ramdev has stated that he is distancing himself from politics. I
Admitting that he has lately distanced himself from politics, Ramdev had then said, “I have withdrawn myself politically. I am with all parties and I am with no party.”