Ramdev begins protest without Anna to bring back black money

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Ramdev and Anna Hazare
New Delhi, Aug 9: The rift between Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare is wide open when the yoga guru on Thursday, Aug 9 began his second round protest without bothering to wait for Anna Hazare.

Anna, who earlier was upset with Ramdev, refused to join him saying that Ramdev had "cheated" him and his team. Anna's statement surfaced when Ramdev praised the Gujarat Chief Minister saying, "Everybody is asking me about corruption in Gujarat, but I couldn't find anything of this sort. Modi is not doing anything wrong."

The yoga guru's view on Modi shocked Team Anna as he (Ramdev) earlier had announced his support for the team in their fight against corruption. However, Ramdev's statement on Modi clearly showed his ambiguity as the Gujarat CM is accused in many controversial cases.

Suggesting uneasiness in Team Anna over association with the yoga guru in their anti-corruption agitation, its member Sanjay Singh described Modi as a "murderer of humanity" and said Ramdev has to explain why he shared the dais with the BJP leader.

"We were never in agreement with Modi. We are not in agreement with Modi now. Narendra Modi is a murderer of humanity. Ramdev will have to clarify on this issue," Singh, who was conducting the proceedings from the dais along with another activist Kumar Vishwas at Hazare's fast venue in Delhi, told reporters when asked about Ramdev sharing the stage with Modi.

However, Ramdev, who earlier was hopeful that the Gandhian crusader would join him in his protest over black money and corruption issues in the country, did not wait for Hazare and started his agitation. Before commencing the journey, Ramdev visited Rajghat and Shaheedi Part in Delhi.

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