Monday, September 19, 2011
Baba Ramdev begins his anti-corruption yatra from Jhansi today
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev is all set for another stir against corruption and black money. This time, he would embark on a yatra (march) from Jhansi to Prayag in Uttar Pradesh over the issue.
Ramdev aims to awaken people against graft through his yatra. His previous stir -- an indefinite fast at Ramlila Maidan over the issue of black money -- had ended on a controversial note when the Delhi Police launched a midnight crackdown on his followers earlier this year.
The yoga guru has been vocal against, what he calls, government's inability to bring back huge amount of black money stashed in illegal bank accounts abroad. He asserted that the fight against corruption has become a religious duty for him.
Ramdev's controversial aide Balkrishna would also accompany him on the yatra. Before starting the yatra, the yoga guru stoutly defended his aide.
"All the allegations on Balkrishna are baseless and false," Ramdev insisted.
While Ramdev faces Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) heat over foreign funds, his aide has been accused in an Indian Passport Act case for obtaining the important document on the basis of forged documents.
"I don't need any certificate from any political party. I don't want any character certificate from those who don't have character," Ramdev said.