Baba Ramdev sticks to his plan

Ramdev has rejected PM`s offer to find a practical solution to the issue of corruption.

Last Updated: Jun 01, 2011, 13:50 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Rejecting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s appeal to call of his proposed fast unto death against corruption, Yoga guru turned satyagrahi Baba Ramdev, Wednesday, said that he will go ahead with his hunger strike from June 4 at the famous Ramlila Maidan in the national capital.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had written to Ramdev "welcoming his constructive suggestions to improve governance" and promised him to find a "practical and pragmatic" solution to tackle the issue of corruption.

But Ramdev is not convinced. He wants specific laws that can tackle the menace of corruption and black money.

He has four demands:

1. Black money worth Rs 400 lakh crore is lying in several international banks should be brought back and declared as national property
2. United Nations Convention Against Corruption Agreement, which has been pending since 2006, should be re-sent
3. Bring down the circulation of high denomination value currencies to reduce black money circulation
4. Drafting of a strong Lokpal Bill

The government had recently sent some of its top Income-Tax officials to brief Ramdev on the issue of black money and illicit funds abroad. And, today, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is expected to meet Ramdev and try and impress upon him the government’s seriousness about tackling the issue and also request him to call of his fast.

The yoga guru had actively supported the anti-corruption movement of Anna Hazare but has of late been open in expressing differences of opinion on specific issues like bringing the Prime Minister and the Chief justice of India under the purview of Lokpal Bill.