Art of Living founder and spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar — who has thrown his weight behind Team Anna and Baba Ramdev’s campaign against corruption — visited the Baba at the hospital and urged him to break his fast.
Ravishankar intervened apparently after Law Minister Veerappa Moily got in touch with him. “Moily had called Sri Sri Ravishankar and he is touch with the Prime Minister regarding Ramdev’s fast,” the Art of Living said.
Sources said that with the Baba refusing to break his fast even on the seventh day, apparently for fear of losing face, Uttarakhand’s BJP government decided at the highest levels to step in.
Sources said top BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Rajnath Singh spoke with Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and asked him to make efforts to shift Ramdev to hospital. The chief minister spoke with Ramdev and his second-in-command Acharya Balkrishna in the morning, urging them to allow the administration to move them to hospital in Dehradun.