Haridwar: As yoga guru Baba Ramdev`s
agitation enters the fourth day, hundreds of supporters from
different regions and religions have come here to pledge their
support and give momentum to his movement against corruption
and black money.
From young to old, people from all religions are seen
raising anti-graft slogans, chanting holy songs and listening
to sermons being given by religious leaders at the huge `yagya
shala` inside the Patanjali Yogpeeth, about 20 kilometres from
"We have come here to help Baba in his great movement
to bring back black money from abroad. We want our country
free from corruption, Dr Sadaqat Ali, convenor, Muslim
Rashtriya Manch said.
"I want other Indians to support this pro-people sit
in. They should come forward to protest the government at the
Centre for not showing political willingness in getting
black money from Swiss bank accounts," Ali said.
We are here observing fast with our Guru (Ramdev). It
is a kind of operation clean up taken by him for the welfare
of people, Rakesh Singh, a property dealer based in Delhi`s
Lajpat Nagar said.
"I have been associated with Baba Ramdev for past ten
years. I want to get some knowledge from him to help in the
welfare of other suffering in remote areas of my state. I am
also observing fast to support him," Sanjay Kumar, who hails
from Hisar in Haryana said.
A number of volunteers wearing T-shirts of Patanjali
Yogpeeth were seen guiding hundreds of people coming from all
states to participate in the protest.
Though there are no private shops inside the huge
campus of Yogpeeth, certain small joints outside it are abuzz
with the activities of media persons and locals, and have
become `interaction centres` for them.
"There are activities throughout the year. But I am
seeing these many mediapersons for the first time in my life.
But it’s good that Baba`s movement is spreading with the help
of media across the world," Mohan Singh, who works at an
eatery shop just opposite Patanjali Yogpeeth said.
"I am really pained to see Baba. At such an age, he is
keeping fast and fighting against anti-social elements to weed
out corruption from our country. I am confident his efforts
will bring result and government will accept all his demands,"
Chhavi, who has come here along with her parents from Bihar