RLD, JD(U) back Ramdev

Last Updated: Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 23:09

New Delhi: After NCP, another Congress ally RLD on Thursday backed the campaign against black money and corruption by Ramdev, who was also supported by JD(U).

The yoga guru, who has been meeting political leaders, said he has sought time with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress leader Sonia Gandhi to discuss the issue.

Ramdev had earlier met BJP chief Nitin Gadkari and NCP leader Sharad Pawar, who also promised their support for his movement against black money and corruption.

"In the coming days we will meet more parties, whether it is the Left Parties or the NDA members. We are meeting top leaders of all political parties," he said.

Ramdev, who met Rashtriya Lok Dal chief and Civil Aviation Minister at his residence, said he was trying to build consensus among political parties to jointly tackle the issue of corruption and black money.

Assuring Ramdev of his party`s support on the issue, Singh said the use of black money in electoral process is a bigger issue and a threat to the democratic set up of the nation.
"I think the bigger problem is use of black money in election process which is a threat to the democratic set up of the nation," he said.

JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav after meeting Ramdev said, "Black money is a big issue concerning the nation and this disease is so deep rooted that major societal change would be needed to address it."

Lashing out at the UPA government for its attitude to deal with corruption, Yadav said, "Government has brought out a white paper on black money but its totally white. Government should honestly put all problems in front of the nation."

Principally agreeing to support Ramdev`s movement, Yadav said that his party will ensure a fight against this menace.

When asked whom he will favour if he has to chose between Ramdev and civil rights activist Anna Hazare, Yadav said, "We have no right over whom he (Ramdev) is talking with to take forward his movement."

On his part, Ramdev said, "If government has political will and honesty it can happen in a day."

PTI



First Published: Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 23:09

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