HARIDWAR/NEW DELHI, June 8 � Threatening an armed rebellion, yoga guru Ramdev today said he will raise a 11,000 force that will be trained to retaliate if authorities crackdown on their anti-corruption campaign, evoking a stern response from the Government which termed it �anti-national�, reports PTI.
In Haridwar, Ramdev, who had struck a conciliatory tone on Tuesday, said he will form a force of 11,000 men and women to deal with police and anti-social elements attempting to disrupt his anti-corruption movement.
�I appeal that 20 young men from every district should come here. We will train them in both shahstra (vedas) and shastra (weapons),� Ramdev, who is continuing his hunger strike, told his followers here.
The yoga guru said, �We will prepare 11,000 men and women so that next time we do not lose any battle at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi�.
Both the Government and the Congress reacted sharply to Ramdev�s move.
Home Minister P Chidambaram when asked about Ramdev�s call, said, �by making that statement, he has exposed his true colours and true intentions. Let him do so and the law will deal with that..You have to observe some discipline�.
�It is anti-national and we have to take action,� said V Narayanswamy, Minister of State in the Prime Minister�s Office.
Congress said Ramdev�s call for an armed rebellion is a serious issue and hoped that the government will take appropriate action to uphold the Constitution and maintain law and order.