Threatening a fight to finish by August, social activist Anna Hazare and yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Sunday began their day-long fast, their first joint appearance on a public platform in the past one year, against the UPA government on the issue of corruption.

The one-day fast demanding that back black money stashed abroad be brought back and against corruption is also likely to have its echo in the State capitals as well with Ramdev’s Bharat Swabhiman Andolan organising protests.

Before launching their fast, Baba Ramdev said that there will be a fight to finish in August as he is launching a protest programme then. “From today, we are intensifying our protest to bring back black money stashed abroad and want all of the countrymen to be part of the fight to finish by August,” he said.

Mr. Hazare said during today’s protest, “We will talk about the course of action and nature of campaigning in the future.”

Baba Ramdev and Mr. Hazare separately reached the dharna hotspot Jantar Mantar around 10.10 a.m. on Sunday after visiting the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.

While Baba Ramdev was accompanied by his aide Balakrishna, Mr. Hazare was seen with former IPS officer Kiran Bedi, RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia — prominent members of Team Anna.

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