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Live: says Baba Ramdev 99% Lokpal Bill acceptable

 

Baba Ramdev

Baba Ramdev

New Delhi:  On the second day of his fast on Friday, yoga guru Baba Ramdev demanded a strong Lokpal Bill to be passed in Parliament.

Addressing a crowd of over 10,000 at the historic Ramlila Maidan, Baba Ramdev requested the government to atleast pass a ‘99% Lokpal Bill’. “We know there are some issues on which there are differences but those can be sorted out by consensus. Some of the amendments can be done later,” he said.

He also reiterated his demand of making CBI independent and a more transparent procedure for appointing Election Commissioners, CAG, CVC and CBI director.

Reiterating that he has no political agenda, Ramdev hit out at political leaders, who have chided him for not having a clear agenda and stressed his focus on bringing back black money and a strong Lokpal Bill.

As yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s fast enters second day today all eyes are on the number of supporters flocking to the Ramlila Maidan.

Thousands of people from states like Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh were seen at the venue yesterday.

Today being Krishna Janmashtami and most of offices closed, it remains to be seen whether the Delhiites will come forward to support Ramdev as they did for Anna Hazare in August last year.

Returning to Ramlila Maidan here where he was bundled out in a midnight police crackdown in June last year, Ramdev yesterday said if the government fail to indicate its course of action on these and other demands he would announce his future strategy on Saturday.

“There will be no fast-unto-death. There is no indefinite fast. We will go without food and water for three days. I am giving a final warning to the government to take a decision on government within three days.

“After three days, let them (government) tell us what they are going to do. If they don’t, then we will announce the next course of action. If they cannot understand the voice of peace, then maybe we have to make them listen to the voice of revolution but without violence,” he said.

On the night of June 4-5, 2011, Delhi Police had swooped down on Ramdev’s sleeping followers, including women and children at Ramlila Maidan during his anti-corruption stir in order to evict them. One of his followers, Rajbala, died of injuries due to the police action.

Delhi Police has given the organisers permission to host 30,000 people a day. The yoga guru has been allowed to use the ground till Aug 30.

 

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