Indian yoga guru stable in hospital in fast against graft
The condition of hospitalized Indian yoga guru Baba Ramdev, whose condition deteriorated after a week-long anti-corruption hunger strike, was stable, an aide said Saturday, dpa reported
Ramdev, 46, went on a hunger strike June 4 to demand anti-corruption measures, including the repatriation of money held illegally by Indians in foreign banks.
His protest in New Delhi was broken up by police that night, and the popular guru was taken to his hermitage in Hardwar, where he continued his fast.
Ramdev was ordered hospitalized Friday by local officials in the northern hill state of Uttarakhand, where his hermitage is located.
Ramdev was being treated in the intensive care unit of the Jolly Grant Hospital in Uttarakhand's capital, Dehradun, near Hardwar. He was being given a saline drip and his condition was stable although his blood pressure was low, the guru's spokesman SK Tijarawala said.
India's main opposition Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party has said any deterioration in Ramdev's health would become a national issue.
Tijarawala appealed to Ramdev's followers to maintain calm.
Ramdev's protest is part of a campaign by civil society groups to demand government accountability after a series of corruption scandals have rocked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government in recent months, including the 2008 sale of mobile telephone licences that was estimated to have caused a potential loss of 39 billion dollars to the exchequer