Ramdev’s fast entered the third day today with the yoga guru threatening to intensify his agitation if his demands on blackmoney and the Lokpal Bill are not met by the deadline set by him.

Ramdev had set the Government a three-day ultimatum to address the issues raised by him when he launched his three-day fast on Thursday at Ramlila Maidan here. The three-day deadline ends this evening,

“We will wait till evening (to hear from the Government on our demands). Our three-day deadline ends then. After that period is over, a roar will arise from this very Ramlila Maidan.

“We have not been taking names. But after then, we will take the names of those who are at fault for looting the country’s wealth,” he said addressing the crowd, whose count has been on the decline since yesterday.

He also said India’s standing in the world would increase if an honest person hoists the flag on Independence Day.

“If a person with clean hands hoists the Tricolour, it will raise the country’s prestige. But, if it is hoisted by some dishonest person, then it will be disgraceful. How can it be that you have a Tricolour in your hands and you do not have the Tricolour in your heart,” he said.

Ramdev had said yesterday that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should show “political honesty and political will” on the issue of blackmoney and tackling corruption.

He had also said he would not leave the protest venue without a “big decision” from the Government on steps to bring back blackmoney and enactment of a strong Lokpal law.

“Only after a big decision from the Government, we will leave Ramlila Maidan,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ramdev held consultations with his close aides on the next phase of agitation.

(This article was published on August 11, 2012)
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