New Delhi: With the government not heeding to the demands of Baba Ramdev, the yoga guru on Monday began the march to the Parliament house, threatening the Centre of a grand revolution.

Asking supporters at Ramlila Maidan here to be prepared for the next phase of their agitation against black money and corruption, Ramdev said: "We will march towards the Parliament peacefully. We respect the Parliament and good parliamentarians. We don't want a single corrupt leader elected to the Parliament next time. So, don't stop us, we just want to be heard."

However, the Delhi Police said he would not get permission to hold protest outside the Parliament house.

On the fifth day of agitation, BJP president Nitin Gadkari, JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav and Janta Party chief Subramanian Swamy joined Ramdev at Ramlila Maidan and backed his demands.

While recalling the 2011 agitation at the same venue, the yoga guru said: "We expect that Delhi Police too will not take the law in its own hands like it did last time.”

The yoga guru had staged a similar protest at the same venue in June 2011. But a midnight crackdown by Delhi Police ended in bedlam, leaving a woman dead. Ramdev was then forced to leave Delhi.

He said there could be antisocial elements in the crowd representing anti-national political parties who may indulge in mischief.

"Police should arrest them immediately," he added."I ask all of you to stand up and get ready for the next phase of our movement. The youngsters will lead the march towards parliament that will begin soon," announced Ramdev amid huge cheers and applause from his followers.

Heavy security was deployed in and around the Parliament House since morning. Delhi Police personnel were deployed inside Ramlila Maidan as well.

According to Delhi Police, Ramdev does not have the permission to protest outside the Parliament.

"We have given the permission to protest at Ramlila Maidan till August 30. He won't be allowed to protest outside the Parliament House," Additional Commissioner of Police Devesh Chandra Srivastava said. He said Ramdev would not be forcibly evicted from the grounds.

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‘Not a political battle’

A fiery Ramdev reiterated that his movement is not a "political battle" but he will continue to uproot the corrupt  government.

He also alleged that Rs.2,000,000 crore blackmoney was invested in the country through Foreign Direct Investment.

"Congress has also refused to give the names of those people who have invested money through FDI in this country. It goes to show how serious the government is in looting this country," said the yoga guru.

He alleged that if the stringent Lokpal bill is passed, then 90 percent of the cabinet ministers will be behind the bars.

Ramdev said his movement will be joined by many political parties Monday and representatives from the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Telugu Desam party (TDP) were already there.

Gen VK Singh supports Ramdev

Meanwhile, former army chief Gen.V.K. Singh, who had participated in Anna Hazare's agitation at Jantar Mantar last week, joined Ramdev on his dias.

Earlier in the day, Ramdev had warned of a "revolution" if the government fails to initiate steps on the demands made by him.

He on Thursday began a three-day fast against blackmoney and corruption which ended on Saturday evening.

Kiran Bedi joins Ramdev

Kiran Bedi, a member of erstwhile Team Anna which Hazare dissolved recently, also joined Ramdev on the podium and echoed his demands.

"There is a need to bring blackmoney from the foreign countries. Apart from that, the country needs stringent Jan Lokpal bill," Bedi said.

JPN/Agencies

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