Lobbying gets Padma awards: Ramdev

Published on May 09, 2015 17:10:10 PM
Months after responding to speculations and declining to be considered for Padma awards, yoga guru Ramdev on Saturday sparked a minor controversy by saying that a huge amount of canvassing goes behind the scenes for these national awards.

Speaking to scribes on the sidelines of an event, Ramdev said he had immense respect for recipients of the Padma awards.

"Everyone knows that all awards from Padma Bhushan to Padma Shri are given to good people," he said, and in the same vein added, "But to get these awards there is huge amount of lobbying and politically influential people are successful in getting them (awards)."