Wednesday, June 1, 2011

DTN News - INDIA NEWS: Another Hawk Anti-Corruption Crusader Baba Ramdev Taking Government By Storm

Defense News: DTN News - INDIA NEWS: Another Hawk Anti-Corruption Crusader Baba Ramdev Taking Government By Storm
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - June 1, 2011:
The government's efforts to get Baba Ramdev to call off his fast against corruption seem to have fallen through. Having turned down Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's appeal, yoga guru Baba Ramdev, who landed in New Delhi on Wednesday, said his fast-unto-death in the capital from June 4 over the issues of black money and corruption would go as planned, saying "until there is an agreement on all issues with the government", he would not relent.

"Over one crore people from across the nation will take part in our satyagraha in Delhi," Baba Ramdev said after having the first round of meeting with government emissaries in the capital.
Expressing satisfaction over the 'extensive discussion', Baba Ramdev said, "There were agreements on some issues. But until an agreement is reached on all issues, our fast will continue. Our demands include bringing back black money stashed away in tax havens, effective mechanism to stop wide-spread corruption, a public service delivery guarantee system and fast-track courts to deliver justice in time."

"Our motto is not to terrify the government. Neither are we against any individual or party," said the yoga guru, adding the government should announce the black money deposited abroad as the 'national property'.

Three cabinet ministers, Kapil Sibal, Pawan Kumar Bansal and Subodh Kant Sahay went to receive him at the Delhi airport as he arrived from Ujjain.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee too reached the airport soon after to hold a meeting with the yoga guru to convince him that the government was doing enough to tackle corruption so that he did not launch his June 4 fast.

But emerging after the meeting, Union HRD and Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said the meeting with the Baba has not gone as the government expected. Sibal said another meeting would take place in two days' time.

On Tuesday, Manmohan had appealed to the yoga guru to call off his proposed fast-unto-death. "This is not a personal issue. We all agree with Ramdev that corruption is a big problem and that we are committed to tackle it with all the resources at our disposal," Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan, promising to find with him "pragmatic" solution to tackle the scourge of corruption. On Wednesday, the yoga guru turned down the prime minister's plea.

Meanwhile, the BJP has come out in support of the Baba. On Tuesday, party president Nitin Gadkari wrote to the prime minister asking him to open a meaningful dialogue with him.
Gadkari said the United Progressive Alliance government had promised effective steps to tackle the black money issue within 100 days of assuming office. But nothing much has been done. There is popular resentment on this issue and the government should accept Baba Ramdev's just and reasonable demand.

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