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Baba Ramdev to launch `Satyagraha` in Delhi

Ramdev would undertake a fast-unto-death demanding recovery of black money on June 4.



Mumbai: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Wednesday said he
would undertake a fast unto death in New Delhi on June 4 to
demand recovery of black money deposited by Indians in Swiss
banks, disclosure of account-holders` names and a ban on
high-denomination currency notes.

The satyagraha will be held at Ramlila Maidan "to force
the Government to act on corruption-related issues," Ramdev
told reporters here.

"Along with me, several supporters spread across the
world will also fast during the satyagraha," he said.

"The Centre has not taken any concrete decision on the
issue of black money. The fight against corruption will
continue till it is not rooted out," he said.

A strong Lokpal law should be enacted by August 2011,
Ramdev said. The Lokpal panel should have the power to recover
money swindled by the corrupt and punish them with death
sentence, he said.

Ramdev also demanded declaration of illegal wealth held
by Indians in foreign countries, ratification of the UN
Convention against Corruption and ban on all high-denomination
currency notes such as Rs 1,000 and Rs 500.

In this `Satyagraha against Corruption` movement, Ramdev
has invited social activist Anna Hazare, former IPS officer
Kiran Bedi and Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde.

However, Ramdev said though he appreciated efforts of
eminent lawyer Shanti Bhushan and his son Prashant regarding
Lokpal Bill, they had not been invited to join him.

"The fight against corruption will never be easy. Fingers
will be pointed at everyone and there could be a conspiracy
against those who are a part of this movement," he said,
adding he will write a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
on the issues relating to corruption.

Asked if he was delinking himself from Hazare`s movement
by announcing his own satyagraha, Ramdev said, "Annaji`s
agitation was on the single issue of Lokpal Bill. We have to
take the agitation to the next level."

Ramdev, however, clarified he had no intention to enter
politics. "I do not have any ambition to be a politician. I
will never actively participate in politics."

"The fight against corruption will never be easy. Fingers
will be pointed at everyone and there could be a conspiracy
against those who are a part of this movement," he said,
adding he will write a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh on the issues relating to corruption.

Asked if he was delinking himself from Hazare`s
movement by announcing his own satyagraha, Ramdev said,
"Annaji`s agitation was on the single issue of Lokpal Bill. We
have to take the agitation to the next level."

Ramdev, however, clarified he had no intention to enter
politics. "I do not have any ambition to be a politician. I
will never actively participate in politics."

PTI

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