Anti-graft movement will restart from Haridwar: Ramdev


Haridwar (Uttarakhand): Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, who was forcibly evicted from the site of his agitation and was whisked away from Delhi, said Sunday he will restart his agitation against black money from this Hindu holy town.

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“I will start the movement again from Hardwar. It will spread to the nook and corner of the country,” Ramdev said at a press conference at his ashram here.

“What we could not achieve in 20 years, we could achieve” through the crackdown by the Delhi Police, he added.

Ramdev, along with thousands of supporters, protesting against black money at Delhi’s Ramlila Grounds, were forcibly removed by police in the early hours of Sunday. He was taken in a special aircraft by the police to Dehradun and brought to his ashram here in the morning.

He tried to return to Delhi but was stopped by Uttar Pradesh Police at the the border of the state’s Muzaffarnagar district and turned back to Haridwar.

Asked whether he considered the Uttar Pradesh government action hostile, Ramdev denied it and said that state Chief Minister Mayawati had condemned the police action against him and supporters.

Ramdev described the Delhi Police crackdown as an attack on democracy.

He claimed that he “retreated to avoid a law and order situation”.

Ramdev also said some vested interests were spreading rumours about his sources of income. “I am ready to face any probe by any agency,” he declared.

Asked about the criticism of his agitation by Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh, Ramdev said: “I will not respond to the words of a irresponsible person. I will not waste my time.”