[India] LIVE:Ramdev kicks-off three-day fast, reiterates his demand over black money

Thursday, August 09, 2012
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev
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New Delhi: Striking chord with the endless crowd at the Ramlila Maidan (ground) Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Thursday kicked off his stir for bringing black money stashed abroad.

Addressing a huge gathering, Ramdev said that neither he has any political agenda against any party nor he would contest election or form any political outfit.

“I am not here to dislodge anyone from power or form a political party. I do not have any political agenda," said Ramdev while addressing thousands of his supporters gathered at his fast venue.

Clarifying his further scheduled Yoga guru said he will sit on a fast for three-day rather than having indefinite fast.

Meanwhile, he insisted his demand to bring black money and cautioned that if no action from the government side then he will announce the future course of action on the third day of the fast.

Waving a bunch of documents and files, Ramdev said Rs 200000 lakh crore have been swindled, primarily by improper auctioning of natural resource.

Showing his adherence with anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare Ramdev said the fight for Lokpal was not yet over and the government would have to give the legislation to the citizens of India.

Ramdev said Anna Hazare was still with him and always has supported the Gandhian (those who follow the Mahatama Gandhi).

"The government will be forced to bring Lokpal, “said Ramdev.  

The yoga guru had arrived in the capital on Thursday morning from Ahmadabad where he had been meditating since Monday at Vallabhbhai Patel's memorial. Before reaching the fast vanue, Ramdev paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and Bhagat Singh at Rajghat and Shaheedi Park respectively.

Delhi Police have given the organisers permission on the condition that not more than 30,000 people will be allowed on a day.

Ramdev has been allowed to hold the ground till Aug 30.

Notably, the second round of Ramdev's protest is an expansion of his agenda from blackmoney to Lokpal Bill, making CBI independent and a more transparent procedure for appointing Election Commissioners, CAG, CVC and CBI director.
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