Haridwar: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Tuesday
dismissed suggestions of a rift with the Anna Hazare-led team
and said he has asked his supporters to join the day-long fast
by the social activist and his aides in New Delhi tomorrow.
"We are with them (Anna Hazare-led group). There is no
difference between Anna and me," Ramdev told reporters here.
He was responding to suggestions that there was a rift between
him and the Anna Hazare-led team.
"Thousands of our activists will go to Delhi to
participate in the Anna movement (scheduled for tomorrow). We
do not have any hope with this government. It (government) has
stifled the Lokpal Bill movement," he said.
Hazare and other civil society members of the Lok Pal
drafting committee will sit on a day-long fast to protest the
crackdown on Ramdev`s fast against corruption at Ramlila
Maidan on Saturday night.
Ramdev said he will not end his fast till the
government accepts his demands to curb corruption and
"Our fast is on from June 4. There should not be any
confusion about it...it will continue till this whole country
is up against or united against corruption and blackmoney. We
are doing satyagraha to wake up this government. If they don`t
wake up then there will be protest..there will be huge
protests in the whole country," he said.
Ramdev said many of his supporters are in Tihar jail
in Delhi and asked the government to give their names so that
he can help them.
Ramdev said: "I have come to know that some of them
(supporters) are in Tihar jail. A list of all these people
should be given to us so that we can do something for them.
"Police is not cooperating, infact, they are
threatening our men against lodging complaint against
brutality. We may take five to seven days to get the details
of atrocities meted out to these innocent people," the Yoga
It is very unfortunate that police restored to
lathicharge against "innocent people, children, men and women
at Ramlila Grounds," he said.
"They were brutally beaten up. This has not happened
even when the British ruled us," he said.
"Our activists are already fasting and are on fast in
624 districts of the country. Our fast will continue but I
have asked small children, sick and very old people not to
undertake it," he said.
Ramdev said the government should not "threaten him
and his followers against holding peaceful protests, failing
which, it would result into a mass movement against the
government`s unconstitutional behaviour."
Referring to police action at Ramlila grounds, he said
there was a conspiracy to kill him that night.
"We are ready to go to jail if government does not
accept our demands. The more the government tries to hide the
truth, the stronger will we emerge to fight it," he said.
Meanwhile, family members of freedom fighter Bhagat
Singh also expressed their support to Ramdev.
"We have come here to extend our support to Baba
Ramdev. Englishmen have left us but black Englishmen (kale
angrez) are now ruling us," said Singh`s relative Abhay