New Delhi: The anti-corruption movement launched by Yoga guru Baba Ramdev entered second day on Friday. The yoga guru on first day of his three-day symbolic fast served a last warning and gave August 11 deadline to the government to consider his three demands and take appropriate action over them or else he will launch another massive agitation against the government from August 15.

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No indefinite fast this time

Returning to Ramlila Maidan here where he was bundled out in a midnight police crackdown in June last year, he said if the government fails to indicate its course of action he would announce his future strategy on Saturday (August 11).
Ramdev said he has no political agenda and was not keen on indefinite fast and protests.

"There will be no fast-unto-death. There is no indefinite fast. We will go without food and water for three days. I am giving a final warning to the government to take a decision within three days. After three days, let them (government) tell us what they are going to do. If they don't, then we will announce the next course of action on August 11. If they cannot understand the voice of peace, then may be we have to make them listen to the voice of revolution but without violence," he said on Thursday.

 No Team Anna at protest venue

Neither Anna Hazare nor any of his erstwhile team members were present at the protest venue where a few thousands of his supporters gathered to join him in the fast.
On his association with Hazare, he said he was supportive of the agenda being pursued by the social activist but was not part of the team.
"The fight for Lokpal has not ended but we will take it forward. All corrupt people have to be punished," he said even as Hazare was not there at the fast venue though he had earlier declared that he will join the protest.
"Many have questioned this 'andolan' (movement). We are with Anna's social agenda but not with the team because it is not there.
"We will not comment and trigger a controversy. No body from the dais will talk about it," he said congratulating erstwhile Team Anna members Kiran Bedi and Justice Santosh Hegde for their services to the nation.

Ramdev's comments assume significance as they come days after Hazare called off his fast and disbanded his team which has decided to take a political plunge.

"We are not against any individual or party. Our intention is to make India a great nation. This is not to overthrow someone from power," he said. On his controversial sharing of dais with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, he said he did not go to a function organised by the senior BJP leader. "I was invited by a Jain priest," he said about the meeting, which was criticised by Team Anna during their protest.

Balakrishna’s poster ignites row

The protest began on a controversial note after a poster depicting Ramdev's close aide Balakrishna alongside Mahatma Gandhi and other freedom fighters triggered adverse comment from leaders and media following which the yoga guru expressed regret while organisers removed it from scene.

Ramdev pitches for strong Lokpal

On his part, Ramdev has said he has no political agenda and the second phase of his protest will be announced if the government does not agree to his demands on blackmoney, Lokpal Bill, appointment procedures and making CBI independent.

"All we are demanding is constitution of a strong Lokpal to end corruption. Lokpal alone cannot eradicate corruption but it is required to punish the corrupt.

"Besides, the process of appointing heads of CBI, CVC, CAG and CEC should be streamlined and no political influence allowed in it. If this is done, 90 percent corruption will be checked," Ramdev had said on Tuesday.

Ramdev’s earlier agitation at Ramlila ground

Ramdev's previous protest in Ramlila Maidan from June four last year ended in a midnight police crackdown on June 6 morning with authorities claiming that he violated the norms agreed upon. He was caught by police while trying to flee from the venue in woman's attire.

Ahead of his August 9 protest at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi, yoga guru Ramdev on Sunday said he has written to the Prime Minister and the Home Minister appealing them not to "interfere" in his proposed stir.


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