Ramdev calls for putting decisive check on corruption

Yoga Guru Swami Ramdev called for putting a decisive check on corruption and earnest implementation of all the welfare schemes in order to control the Naxal menace.

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2010, 16:20 PM IST

Gonda: Yoga Guru Swami Ramdev on Thursday called
for putting a decisive check on corruption and earnest
implementation of all the welfare schemes in order to control
the Naxal menace.

"Lack of development is the main cause for growing
Naxal and Maoist activities and a decisive control on
corruption for earnest implementation of the welfare schemes
was required for checking this menace", Ramdev told reporters
here.

Claiming that he had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
and Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi two years ago to
demand concrete measures for checking corruption, Ramdev
regretted that no step has so far been taken in this
direction.

The yoga guru claimed a minister in Uttarakhand asked for
bribe but refused to divulge his name or the party, which was
in power at that time.

"In case the present government failed to take any step
in this direction, efforts would have to be made to change the
government through democratic process", he said, adding that
though he has no plan of entering politics or launching a
party as of now, but a new political scene might emerge in the
coming two years.

"After this change, corruption would be fully controlled
and the process of bringing crores of rupees stacked in
foreign banks and the campaign against foreign companies
harming the country`s economy would begin", he said.

To a question, Ramdev said that he has earned the ire of
the corrupt and foreign companies against whom he has started
a campaign and faced a life to threat. He also claimed that
almost 99 per cent ministers in the present government were
corrupt.

He also advocated framing a law awarding capital
punishment to the corrupt.

PTI