Fight for Lokpal not over yet: Ramdev (Lead)

August 9th, 2012 - 1:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Anna Hazare New Delhi, Aug 9 (IANS) The fight for the Lokpal bill was not yet over and the government would have to give the legislation to the citizens of India, Baba Ramdev said Thursday as he began his agitation against corruption and black money.

Addressing thousands of supporters at the Ramlila Maidan here, Ramdev said: “The fight for Lokpal is not over. A strong Lokpal will have to be given to the people of India.”

“The Lokpal bill should not be the government’s version which will be weak,” he added.

Six days ago, on Aug 3, Anna Hazare and his team members ended their fast for stringent Jan Lokpal bill to give a “political alternative” to the people. Team Anna was subsequently disbanded on Aug 6.

Holding tricolours, thousands of Ramdev supporters packed the Ramlila Maidan to support him.

Before reaching the ground, Ramdev paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and Bhagat Singh at Rajghat and Shaheedi Park respectively. The yoga guru had arrived in the capital Thursday morning from Gujarat where he had been meditating since Monday at Vallabhbhai Patel’s memorial.

Delhi Police have given the organisers permission to host 30,000 people a day.

Ramdev has been allowed to hold the ground till Aug 30.

A similar show a year ago ended in violence and the death of a woman.

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