Looks like Baba Ramdev is getting positive responses from various quarters even before the kickstart of the campaign. His Satyagrah against corruption will flag off from June 4 in Delhi. He aims to bring all those peddling black money be brought to book.
Through his fast-unto-death, he also demands the Central Government to take a more pro-active approach in bringing back all the black money parked abroad by politicians and individuals and declare them as public property. Intending to root out corruption completely, Baba is also demanding the ban of high denomination currency notes, which according to him is one of the reasons for the rampant corruption. He has also called for nothing other than a death sentence for those accused of black money laundering.
Baba"s crusade will see around 1.5 lakh people joining him. His supporters had also launched a toll-free landline number on May 9 towards this endeavour. The campaign aims to go the hi-tech way by which any supporter can give a missed call to the toll free number which is 0223308112 and automatically register themselves in the database. In turn, they could get the updates of the campaign through text messages in a timely manner.
A volunteer of the cause, Raman Tiwari has been quoted as saying, “Within a week of activating the toll-free number, nearly one crore people have given a missed call. Around 1.5 lakh people have vowed to fast with Baba Ramdev in Delhi." Volunteers spread across the country are responsible for recording the registrations on a daily basis. They have also spread word of the crusade online through popular social networking sites like Facebook, Orkut and Twitter.
The campaigns official Facebook page is called Bharat Swabhiman Trust (Official) and has a membership base of 3,569 members.
Will Baba Ramdev be able to make an impact like Anna Hazare and give the corrupt sleepless nights still remains to be seen. But India sure needs a couple of such efforts from like-minded people to weed out corruption that is hampering growth and development in our country.