Anna, Ramdev fast against corruption

Anna, Ramdev fast against corruption
Anna, Ramdev fast against corruption

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New Delhi: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev and social activist Anna Hazare will Sunday sit in the capital on a day-long fast against corruption and black money stashed away by Indians abroad.

Meanwhile, Ramdev and Hazare have reached Rajghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. Both will offer prayers to the father of the nation and then will head straight to Parliament Street near to Jantar Mantar for the fast.

Today’s protest in the national capital is also likely to see Ramdev announce his strategy with regard to the 2014 General Elections.

Early this morning, Ramdev threatened the government with a fight to finish by August for bringing back black money stashed abroad.

“We need to bring back black money. I appeal to people of the country to join this fight. We are intensifying this fight. From today, we are intensifying our protest to bring back black money stashed abroad and want all of the countrymen to be part of the fight to finish by August,” he said after paying tributes to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at Azad Hind Gram.

Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Kiran Bedi will also participate in the protest.

The one-day fast to demand bringing back black money stashed away abroad and against corruption and corrupt system will have its echo in the state capitals as well with Ramdev’s Bharat Swabhiman Andolan organising protests.

The association with Ramdev had in the past created ripples in Team Anna with a section remaining opposed to have any truck with the yoga guru as he is facing corruption charges.

Ahead of the fast, both Hazare and Ramdev have stepped up their attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Hazare had said that Singh has lost faith in government while Ramdev alleged that the Prime Minister was not “politically honest”.

The fast comes in the wake of fresh corruption allegations made by Team Anna against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and 14 of his cabinet ministers.

Team Anna has alleged irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks to public and private companies. It has also questioned the role of Manmohan Singh in the suspected scam.

The prime minister held the coal portfolio from November 2006 to May 2009.

A senior police official said they have made elaborate arrangements. Besides Delhi Police personnel, 20 companies of paramilitary forces will be deployed in the area.

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