Baba Ramdev arrives in Ramlila Maidan to begin indefinite protest

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baba-ramdevAug 9, New Delhi: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s second round of indefinite protest started at Ramlila maidan. His earlier fast at the same place ended with a shocking midnight crackdown by Delhi police. Now after 14 months of that horrified night, Ramdev once again began his protest from the same place and for the same cause – bringing back black money stashed abroad.

Just before launching the protest Ramdev paid homage at Rajghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial before heading to Shaheedi Park, memorial to freedom struggle martyr Shaheed Bhagat Singh. He is expected to reach the Ramlila battleground thereafter.

The second indefinite protest, announced in Jun 2012, also will be keenly watched as it comes a week after Anna Hazare called off his fast, disbanded his team which has decided to take a political plunge.

On his part, Ramdev has said he has no political agenda and the second phase of his protest will be announced if the government does not agree to his demands on blackmoney, Lokpal Bill, appointment procedures and making CBI independent.

Hazare, who had earlier announced that he would join Ramdev at his protest, is unlikely to be present at the venue tomorrow with one of his close aides saying that “as of now there are no plans” to come to Delhi soon.

“As of now, there are no plans to come to Delhi. For tomorrow, there are no plans. Yet to be decided (when to come to Delhi),” Hazare’s close aide said on Wednesday.

The yoga guru has said that Hazare has publicly said that he will come. On Jun 3, Ramdev held a protest in Jantar Mantar which was attended by Hazare and his team.

Last Sunday, his associates in erstwhile Team Anna said that they have not received any invite from Ramdev. A section in Team Anna had been uncomfortable with the alliance with Ramdev.

While Team Anna has announced that they will not enter the political process, Baba Ramdev has said that he has no political agenda. “All we are demanding is constitution of a strong Lokpal to end corruption. Lokpal alone cannot eradicate corruption but it is required to punish the corrupt,” Baba Ramdev said.

“Besides, the process of appointing heads of CBI, CVC, CAG and CEC should be streamlined and no political influence allowed in it. If this is done, 90 per cent corruption will be checked,” Ramdev had said yesterday.

The Yoga guru has also indicated that he could expand his protest agenda this time. Along with his core demand that black money stashed in foreign banks be brought back, Baba Ramdev might also add his voice to the demand for the anti-graft legislation – the Lokpal Bill – a cause championed by Anna Hazare and his aides.

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