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Ramdev's ultimatum: Seeks "big decision" from govt

By Anita

Baba Ramdev
New Delhi, Aug 11: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev's three day token fast on the issue of bringing back black money stashed in foreign shores will end today. He has, however, in a veiled ultimatum stated that he will leave the agitation venue only after the government respond to his demands.

With Ramdev's agitation managing to pull crowds substantially as compared to the response of Anna Hazare's protest at the Jantar Mantar, the crowds are expected to swell further on Saturday. In his power-packed speech on Friday, Ramdev pumped up crowd sentiment and said that he will not leave the protest venue without a "big decision" from government on steps to bring back black money and enactment of a strong Lokpal bill.

He stated in the packed venue, "Government has to declare its agenda on black money, tackling corruption and system change. Our motive is not to tarnish, overthrow or insult anybody." He also added that the next phase of agitation will be declared on Saturday, the last day of his three-day protest fast at Ramlila Maidan.

On the matter of the Lokpal Bill, Ramdev commented that even if 100 per cent consensus is not possible, the government should bring out a strong Lokpal on which 99 per cent of the people are happy. He also claimed that the burning issues like terrorism and Naxalism can be curbed if the government manages to control the flow of black money and the rising inflation.

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