Ramdev ups ante against Congress

Last Updated: Mon, Aug 13, 2012 01:03 hrs

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Sunday appealed to the people to vote out parties that are not doing enough to tackle black money and corruption, intensifying his offensive against the Congress-led coalition government at the centre.

Ramdev, who is on a fast at Delhi´s Ramlila Ground demanding immediate steps to repatriate illicit wealth of the rich stashed in tax havens, also hinted at a 'jail bharo' agitation and said he would be the first one to go to prison for his cause.

However, he appeared once again defer by one day a "huge announcement" that he had promised earlier about the future of the course of his agitation as he said, "There will be a revolution and all of you need to stay here tonight as well."

He also assured his supporters that even though the political class of the country were hoping that the protests would die down but that was not going to happen.

"We will not be quiet, till we don´t uproot them," he told a gathering of thousands of supporters, most of whom come from remote villages and small towns and have been camping at the yoga instructor's protest camp since it began Thursday.

As his fast entered the fourth day on Sunday and the government made no prominent gesture to acknowledge the protest, he wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, asking that his demands be accepted and suitable measures taken to implement them.

The day also saw former cop top Kiran Bedi, a close aide of social activist Anna Hazare, making a presence at the protest venue and lambaste the administration.

Even Ramdev, who has earlier stated his intention of not wanting to target any specific political party or leader, appeared to harden his stance saying that since the Congress had ruled India for most of its Independent history and led the ruling coalition today, it had to take responsibility.

"We are not here to tarnish anybody. But what is the danger that Congress perceives in bringing back black money or declaring it national asset, if they do not own it? We had given you time till yesterday. Your time is over and now our innings start," he said.

"We will now go from village to village telling them, may be Congress people own this black money and so they do not want to declare it a national asset. No, it is not that we feel so, they have proved it by not taking action," Ramdev said.

Ramdev also alleged that Congress was not enacting Lokpal bill because it fears that "90 percent" of its ministers will land in jail if a strong anti-corruption law is in place.

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