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Updated: April 20, 2012 23:36 IST

Ramdev, Hazare to hold joint fast at Jantar Mantar

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Social activist Anna Hazare and Yoga guru Baba Ramdev will sit on a day's fast on June 3 to press for a strong Lokpal Bill. File photo
Social activist Anna Hazare and Yoga guru Baba Ramdev will sit on a day's fast on June 3 to press for a strong Lokpal Bill. File photo

Social activist Anna Hazare and yoga guru Ramdev will jointly observe a day-long fast at Jantar Mantar here on June 3 to press their demand for a strong Lokpal and to mobilise opinion against black money.

Addressing a joint press conference at Gurgaon, they alleged that the government was scared of getting back black money stashed in safe havens abroad and of accepting the Jan Lokpal Bill drafted by members of India Against Corruption (IAC) movement.

Mr. Hazare said he had no intention of making the government fall, but “if a government fails to listen to people's voices and falls, it is not a matter of concern.”

Criticising the government draft of the Lokpal Bill, Mr. Hazare said it was “weak and ineffective.” In contrast, the Jan Lokpal Bill was strong and effective. “If the Jan Lokpal Bill were to come, half the Ministers would be in jail,” he added.

The government had formed a joint drafting panel last year with a few members of the IAC to arrive at an understanding on a draft Bill against corruption. The Jan Lokpal Bill was discussed but ultimately the government draft of Lokpal Bill was sent to Parliament and referred to the Standing Committee.

Team Anna had accused the government of “betrayal” for not sending its draft for consideration of Parliament as had been assured during joint drafting panel meetings.

The social activist said corruption was so deep-rooted that most of the development funds did not reach the target groups and this was impacting growth.

Seeking a Lokayukta Bill in Maharashtra, Mr. Hazare has said he will soon meet the Deputy Chief Minister of the State on the issue. From May 1, he will tour the entire State to “awaken people against corruption.”

Baba Ramdev declared his own plans to tour the country but said he and Mr. Hazare would join hands against corruption and black money and hold joint campaigns at some places.

“The present government has no right to rule. It can only happen in India that after so many corruption cases, the government continues to be in power,” he added.

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@ Rathess
@ Rajesh Gharath
Why Hindu publishes abusive comments of the people? The hindu has a reputation act according to your status. It is fair enough that people have all right to express their opinions but not by abusing the people working on critical issues related to national interest.
People should stop commenting on personal issues.

from:  Snehal
Posted on: Apr 21, 2012 at 17:56 IST

Here we go again. The disruptive elements in India are joining hands
to be even more disruptive again. It is not that I condone corruption
but nothing good but nonsense is going to come out of these sit in and
dharnas. They are doing this only for media glamour and Indian media
is gladly providing them with attention they wanted. Baba Ramdev is
not your average guru - he has misled people into believeing that yoga is
a panacea for all your problems including curing of cancer and AIDS.
This duo also do not realize that it also takes lot of
public money to provide for security and to maintain order. This
would only change if the government posts Ramdev and Anna on a notice
that the money to provide for their security is coming from the fake
industry and the money that Ramdev has accumulated over the
years. Then you will see a faster retreat by them and their honchos.

from:  Raman
Posted on: Apr 21, 2012 at 16:00 IST

It is unfortunate Hazare is joining hands with a person like Ramdev. Hazare has betrayed his true colour. I am sure this will isolate Hazare from the vvast majority of Indians that are basically secular and would not like to associate themselves with Swamijis, Mullahs and such other individuals.

from:  Mohanraj
Posted on: Apr 21, 2012 at 01:16 IST

Some so called intellectuals always wish to sail against the wind and
try to prove even the right persons wrong by their baseless logics. One should not forget this is Baba Ramdeo and Anna Hazare's movement only which really made people to realize that corruption and black money are the major obstacles in the real and rural development of this country.Prior to this we rarely used to hear about these two abuses.They are not creating any obstacles in smooth functioning of the govt.On the contrary making the job easier by awakening the people to fight against and discourage the corruption We must join and
strengthen the honest efforts.

Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 at 23:44 IST

ds meena- Please enlighten us as to what the elected body has done to
remove corruption. The govt Lok Pal is a false flag who will only
grant consent for an investigation to be launched against officials
against whom there are allegations of misconduct. The investigation
will still be done solely by the CBI which does more to cover up than
uncover. In case you didn't know, the popular unrest and discontent
against governmental incompetence and corruption was around for a long
time before Hazareji launched his battle. Please give a shred of
evidence to show that communal forces much less Fascist forces (I
doubt you even know what Fascism is) are the mainstay of Hazareji's
supporters, else tender an unconditional apology for abusing an
eminent person.

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 at 20:00 IST

For the eradication of corruption and all other evils the humanity face every one should be decided that "wise or luminous persons than us may lead us"in every realm of our life.

from:  K P Reveendran Nair
Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 at 19:02 IST

yes right anna and baba

from:  dharmendra kasana
Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 at 18:34 IST

where is the chandal chowdi,the head of which is Kejriwal.Is they
want to be away from Anna since he joined hands with the relegious
fundamentalist Baba Ramdev.

from:  BASHA
Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 at 18:10 IST

Indians against corruption need its branches all over the villages and cities of India to report all corruption cases to know the depth of corruption derailing the progress of the society. After freedom corruption was a fire now it seems like an uncontrolled conflagration. Who will put an end to this when political Mafia,industrial Mafia media Mafia, medical Mafia every where Mafia's are ruling the society. Anna Hazare is the only personality to create a revolution; our second freedom struggle. Jai Jai Anna Hazare.........Sreeni Abu Dhabi

from:  sreeni vasan
Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 at 17:47 IST

True Indians are with you.. Corruption should be removed from root.

from:  Kailas
Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 at 17:30 IST

If their target to throw away congress govt., no one have any objection.But these sophisticated white and saffron GUNDAS want to throw indian parliamentary democracy and making path for anarchy in country.
what is d naxalism? inke to........

from:  Rajesh Gharat
Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 at 17:23 IST

If they sit together and even business together , the third(out-come) is not expected. There would be repulsion . Both are kin-less and instead doing some concerete wasting others' time . They say , their Jan-lok-pal bill be considered for taking a shape of law . Are they govt. body or elected /authorized by the GoI to draft . Are they parliamentarian ? They intend to divert attention of the GoI from taking India forward . They both , at the behest of others (Fascist /communal forces) , determined to continue "popular unrest"throughout the nation . No one supports corrupt practices but the way adopted and time chosen , indicates that KBH and its team (a caucus) and Ramdeva , have been given the task to destabilize GoI and peace of the nation . They both should necessarily celebrate the latest achievement-- launch of agni-V ICBM.

from:  ds meena
Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 at 17:21 IST

Good move! all the people who have mass appeal including Sri Sri Ravishankar should joint the anti corruption movement and make it a successful revolution by mobilizing the masses across the country

from:  prash
Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 at 17:18 IST

Is it right way in fasting for corruption. we have seen last days there is no result. its only tamsha..............

from:  Sandeep
Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 at 17:14 IST

good news for Indian system, may some thing will change and our
politician changed their mind and make some good law.

from:  Anupam maurya
Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 at 16:58 IST

The people of india are against corruption. We would like Annaji to tour the country, talk to people, use media, internet to spread awareness. But why fasts? How does fast help?

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 at 16:37 IST

Anna and Baba joins hand again.:)

from:  ratheesh
Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 at 16:34 IST

yogi,swami having property more than 1000cr fasting against black money is really funny.

from:  ratheesh
Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 at 16:32 IST

Diligent and persistent or just incorrigible. The jury is still out.

from:  Atish Fernandes
Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 at 16:22 IST

Satymeva Jayathe is the basis on which Indian Constitution was written and the so called Indian Government is supposed to function and the members of the parliament and public servents are supposed to function in their performance of their dutiesbe and after getting elected are required and expected to live by that principle of Satymeva Jayathe as laid down in the first page of the constitution, The politicians of today have crossed that lakshamna rakha of observeing the principles of satymeva jayathe. The parliament will be supreme and paliamentarians are supreme only if they are one of supreme in everything in their duties, commitment to noble cause and knowledge in all aspects of like and literature and history of india and are of spotless character. They are none of thse types mentioned and simply got elected through deception and misleading and misrepresenting of themselves to the public different from what they actually are.

from:  Suresh
Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 at 16:04 IST
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