Anti-graft stir: Hazare threatens another fast

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on June 08, 2011 Published on June 08, 2011

Social activist Mr Anna Hazare during the one-day fast inprotest against police crackdown on Baba Ramdev at Rajghatin the Capital on Wednesday. — Kamal Narang

Ramdev plans to raise army

It was a day of hectic political activity. At Rajghat, social activist Mr Anna Hazare and his supporters, who held a day's fast, sought a referendum on the kind of Lokpal Bill the country wanted.

At a news conference after ending the fast, Mr Hazare warned the Government of another fast from August 16, if the Lokpal Bill was not passed by Parliament by then.

In Haridwar, Baba Ramdev, already on a fast, threatened to raise an armed rebellion against corruption. “I appeal that 20 young men from every district should come here. We will train them in both shaastra (Vedas) and shastra (weapons),” he said.

Later, the Home Minister, Mr P. Chidambaram, broke his silence and defended the police action on Baba Ramdev's ‘satyagraha' on June 4 night. He said that the Yoga Guru was an ‘anti-national' and an RSS stooge. He said the Government would not “allow anything that will trigger a conflagration”.

“This is not an agitation by a Yoga teacher or Yoga Guru, this is a political agitation which is fully backed by the RSS and its front organisations,” he said at a press conference.

Meanwhile, BJP leader, Ms Sushma Swaraj, met the fasting Yoga Guru in Haridwar, evoking a strong reaction from the Congress. The Party spokesperson, Ms Jayanti Natarajan, questioned whether it was correct for the Leader of Opposition (LoP) to meet Baba Ramdev in Hardiwar when he has called for a war against the government.

Published on June 08, 2011
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