Cong criticises Govt move to send 4 ministers to meet Ramdev

"Was it necessary for four ministers to go to airport? It is the government's duty to adopt positive attitude towards the demands of civil societies but this should be done in a manner that the dignity of the elected government and its rights are not violated," the editorial in the latest issue of 'Congress Sandesh' said.

The circulation of the issue was stopped when the matter came to the knowledge of senior leaders who were huddled with its editor Anil Shastri. Incidentally, Shastri had in a tweet said on June 4, "Indira Ji or Rajiv Ji would not have sent their ministers to airport to placate a 'Baba' arriving in a private jet."

Asked about his tweet, Shastri had then said "fighting corruption is all right and talking to people in this regard is also fine. But Government's dignity should not be put at stake. It must act without compromising with its dignity."

In another post on microblogging site Twitter the next day, Shastri had slammed police crackdown at Ramlila Grounds saying it was "unfortunate and avoidable" adding it was the decision of the government and not the party. "What happened last night at Ramlila Grounds in Delhi was unfortunate and avoidable. It is Manmohan Singh govt. Was not a party decision," he had tweeted.

Later in the night, Shastri said that the issue has been released for circulation. "There were some issues about the journal, but a decision was taken to release it after consultations", a senior leader, who declined to be identified, said.

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