New Delhi: Terming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh an "honest person", yoga guru Ramdev on Sunday asked him to make his Cabinet "corruption free." Ramdev also invoked the name of Rajiv Gandhi saying when the former Prime Minister talked about only 15 paise out of a rupee reaching the beneficiaries, it was "ideal" but "when we talk about it, then we are called "khalnayaks (villains)".
He threatened the government with a "fight to the finish" by August for bringing back blackmoney stashed away abroad as also against corruption.
"The Prime Minister was forced to give statement on illegal mining. We all know that Manmohan Singh is a honest person and we all respect him. But people expect him to make his Cabinet corruption free...Please fulfil your democratic duties," Ramdev said at Jantar Mantar here at the joint one-day fast with Anna Hazare.
Recalling Singh's statement that hunger and malnutrition are a 'national shame', he said mere statements will not solve the problem. Referring to the issue of blackmoney, he alleged that Rs 400 lakh crore of Indian money was stashed abroad and if the amount was brought back to the country, the nation would become "far superior" to China and the United States.
"We need to bring back blackmoney. I appeal to the people of the country to join this fight. We are intensifying this fight. 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 before the start of the fast.
He claimed that FDI in India worth Rs 20 lakh crore holds the "key" to people involved in stashing blackmoney abroad. "If the government names the actual owners of the FDI, the puzzle to black money will be solved," he said.
Meanwhile, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Harish Rawat said Team Anna and Ramdev were free to voice their concern against corruption but they cannot be allowed to "destroy" the existing institutions to tackle graft.
"They have full freedom to voice concern against corruption. But Anna Hazare and Ramdev should understand that in the name of fighting corruption, if they want to destroy the existing institutions, then the country will not accept it...," he told reporters.
Seeking answers to the fall of the rupee and dipping GDP from Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Ramdev said the Indian economy will be strengthened if the black money was brought back and the youth were given ample employment opportunities.
Recalling the police crackdown on his supporters last year, Ramdev claimed it was "Ravan lila" played out at the Ramlila grounds. The dais had a picture of Rajbala who died following injuries suffered by her during the police action last year at Ramlila grounds.
"Even Mahatma Gandhi had said that India needs its own laws. But we still have British era laws like the one on land acquisition and the Police Act. We need to remove the archaic laws and have swadeshi laws," he said.
Ramdev claimed efforts by the government to tarnish the image of Team Anna members and his aides had failed to break the movement against corruption. "Whenever we talk of corruption, those in the power and leaders of the ruling party maintain that laws are not made on the streets...We are not against anyone...There is no family feud," he said.
New Delhi: Terming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh an "honest person", yoga guru Ramdev on Sunday asked him to make his Cabinet "corruption free."
Ramdev also invoked the name of Rajiv Gandhi saying when the former Prime Minister talked about only 15 paise out of a rupee reaching the beneficiaries, it was "ideal" but "when we talk about it, then we are called "khalnayaks (villains)".