Baba Ramdev freed by police, refuses to leave Ambedkar Stadium
New Delhi: Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev on Monday adopted a vigorous anti-Congress stand in his protest against blackmoney and was arrested during a march to Parliament but late in the night he refused to quit the stadium from where he and his few thousand supporters were released.
Giving a slogan 'Congress hatao, desh bachao' (Remove Congress, Save the Country), Ramdev ended his five-day protest with a call to his supporters to march to Parliament for a dharna demanding immediate steps to bring back blackmoney stashed abroad.
His protest fast was marked by dilly-dallying over the last three days as he deferred announcing his strategy in the face of central government's total indifference to his agitation against corruption.
Unlike in June last year when he was bundled out of Ramlila Maidan in a midnight police crackdown that attracted adverse comments of Supreme Court, police virtually adopted a kid glove approach this time in a bid to avoid any fracas.
Police took him and his supporters to Ambedkar stadium by evening and by night announced that they are free to go home.
But Ramdev was in a different mood and stayed put along with his supporters saying they would not disperse unless food and water were provided to them.
As the night progressed, anxious police officials led by Additional Commissioner Devesh Srivastava sought to convince him that the stadium was in the vicinity of Red Fort, where Independence Day celebrations would be held on Wednesday morning, and the assembly at the stadium would be a security threat.
Ramdev agreed that Independence Day had their sanctity and that he would consider the police appeal to them not to prolong the agitation till August 15.
"But the question of leaving the stadium tonight does not arise," he declared rejecting the police appeal for a quick vacation of the place.
He said they were prepared to go without food and water and other basic facilities the whole night.
"Terrorists are given biriyani and patriots are denied even water," Ramdev said alluding to crores of rupees being spent on Mumbai attack convict Ajmal Kasab.
Earlier speaking exclusively to Zeenews Baba Ramdev said, his ‘andolan’ is against corruption.
“Will go wherever police takes me,” Ramdev added.
“Andolan is not over I will come back,” Ramdev said.
Hours before the march began, BJP president Nitin Gadkari, JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav and leaders from TDP and Akali Dal joined Ramdev on the stage and supported his movement.
Addressing the gathering, Gadkari told Ramdev that he was "not alone" in his fight and that his party had disrupted Parliament today on the issue of black money stashed away in foreign shores.
Meanwhile, thousands of supporters of Ramdev blocked arterial roads in central Delhi on Monday to stop the police from taking him to a temporary jail.
Ramdev and his supporters’ courted arrest after the police prevented them for continuing with their protest march.