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Baba Ramdev has a `partner` in Ram Jethmalani

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 13:13

New Delhi: Noted criminal lawyer Ram Jethmalani, who shared the dais with yoga guru Baba Ramdev at the Ambedkar Stadium here, launched an attack on the ruling Congress Party, saying UPA-II will be thrown out of power in 2013, not 2014.

Jethmalani said that the yoga guru was his partner in bringing back black money.

"Ramdev is my partner in demand to bring back black money. If black money is brought back, no Indian will ever have to pay tax. UPA-II will be thrown out of power in 2013, not 2014," he said.

Jethmalani alleged that Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi of being one of those having black money stashed abroad.

"Sue me if you want! Half of the Congress Ministers are corrupt," he said.

Jethmalani also lauded the yoga guru`s cause, saying that while he himself worked in a court of law, Baba Ramdev worked in the "court of the people".

He also said that it was for Ramdev, and not the government, to decide when the Ambedkar stadium should be vacated.

Delhi Police earlier made a fresh appeal to the yoga guru and his supporters to vacate the Ambedekar Stadium citing security concerns ahead of Independence Day.

"We have had talks with Swamiji. We have made arrangements for you (Ramdev and supporters) to move," said Additional CP Devesh Srivastava.

Baba Ramdev, who has been fasting since August 9 against corruption, black money and for ``vyavastha parivartan`` (systemic change), had earlier ignored the request of the Delhi Police and spent the night at the capital`s Ambedkar Stadium.

Delhi Police has now stopped Baba Ramdev`s supporters from entering the Ambedkar Stadium.

Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh earlier said that the yoga guru would have to vacate the Ambedkar stadium on Tuesday.

"Baba Ramdev will have to leave Ambedkar Stadium today. There is no question of him staying on," said Singh.

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde earlier met Home Secretary Singh, Intelligence Bureau Director and senior officials of his ministry to chalk out the future course of action.

Delhi Police, which submitted its report on Baba Ramdev`s agitation to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), expressed security concern ahead of Independence Day.

Baba Ramdev had last night said that there is no question of vacating the stadium and the future course of action would be decided today.

The yoga guru had earlier on Monday evening said that he would not end his fast, and demanded that the government should provide food to all his supporters at the Ambedkar Stadium here.

Delhi Police yesterday lifted Section 65 imposed on the yoga guru and thousands of his supporters and asked all those detained to walk free.

Delhi Police had earlier taken Baba Ramdev and his supporters into preventive custody at the Ranjit Singh flyover during the attempted march to Parliament.

Baba Ramdev was earlier denied permission for the march by the Delhi Police. He had been authorised only to hold a large sit-in at Delhi`s Ramlila Maidan.

Several political leaders came out in support of the yoga guru earlier on Monday afternoon. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) chief Sharad Yadav and Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy joined Baba Ramdev on his stage at the Ramlila Maidan here

Baba Ramdev had earlier declared that he would take his ongoing protest on black money and corruption to Parliament and vowed to oust Congress in the next Lok Sabha polls. (ANI)

First Published: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 13:13

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