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News AND Updates on BABA RAMDEV'S Fast...

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  1. DaRk KnIght

    DaRk KnIght Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Not you dude. You got elite member badge because of your post quality and not because of your post quantity. So difference is obvious :wink:

    Sorry for misunderstanding. :cheers:
     
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    oh.. got it!! thanks mate!!:smile:
     
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    NP :cheers:
     
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    The Hindu : News / National : BJP holds Manmohan, Sonia responsible for Ramlila police action

    Condemning the police action against Baba Ramdev’s agitation, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday sought to hold Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi responsible for it and announced a 24-hour stir across the country to register the party’s protest.

    BJP president Nitin Gadkari said the “police crackdown” was reminiscent of the Emergency days and alleged that Congress was not ready to discuss corruption issue through democratic means like that period.

    “The crackdown by police came on the orders of the Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi. We strongly condemn it...The Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi must apologise to the people,” Mr. Gadkari said addressing a press conference in Lucknow.

    The BJP chief also announced a 24-hour agitation at district level across the country in protest against the “police high-handedness.”

    Detailing the programme for the agitation, he said the party workers will hold satyagrah at Rajghat in Delhi.

    Replying to questions, he said the issue of corruption should not be politicised.

    At the same time, he said it was BJP which had raised the issue of black money and corruption first and that it will support the organisations fighting against it.

    ‘Naked fascism’

    Describing the midnight crackdown on Baba Ramdev and his followers as ‘naked fascism’, senior BJP leader L. K. Advani demanded an apology from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi for the incident.

    Likening the situation to the Emergency era of 1975, Mr. Advani said President Prathibha Patil should not remain a ’passive observer’ to the developments and demanded that she convene an ‘emergency session’ of Parliament to discuss the issue besides black money and corruption.

    “I did not anticipate this kind of action (against Ramdev). Not only was he arrested but women and children (who were participating in the fast) were beaten up which reminds me of the Jallianwala Bagh incident in Punjab (during the British rule).”

    “The Prime Minister and Congress President owe an apology not only to Ramdev but the people of India,” he said.

    Advani recalled that it was in 1975 when a “desperate government“’ (under late Indira Gandhi) had clamped Emergency which was an “assault on media and one which undermined the constitution.”

    He said the then “desperate government,” instead of responding to the “right demands and suggestions of people,” chose to impose emergency in which many opposition leaders including himself were arrested under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA).

    Mr. Advani recalled that Ramdev had not only supported him when he first raised the black money issue two years back but had also talked about it in his yoga sessions.
     
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    xXX-Nair:::Saab-XXx Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    When an Italian waitress doesn't stick to waiting tables, why should Yoga teacher? Democracy abused, shamed and murdered. Again, and again by the same party. All country men its a the last Wakeup call for all of us...
     
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    The Hindu : News / National : After midnight swoop, battle lines harden

    Congress firm but Baba Ramdev, BJP to fight UPA government's "fascism"
    The Union government swung into damage control mode on Sunday, in the wake of the early Sunday morning swoop by the Delhi Police on Ramlila Grounds and the bundling out from the national capital of a trembling yoga guru Baba Ramdev, who had exchanged his saffron garb for a white salwar kameez in the hope of escaping unnoticed. But this was not before Opposition parties, civil society groups and television channels had directed their combined wrath against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA). The Bharatiya Janata Party announced a 24-hour dharna against the government while the Baba called the Congress "cheats", brought up the foreign origins of its leader, Sonia Gandhi, and threatened an escalation of his campaign.

    Two key members of the negotiating team — Union Ministers Kapil Sibal and Subodh Kant Sahay — spent the better part of the day explaining the government's actions. The burden of their arguments was that the government had gone more than half way to meet the yoga guru's demands on a range of policy issues, but that the yoga guru had reneged on his assurances twice: first when he failed to honour the promise he had made in a note he had given them on Friday that he would announce an end to his hunger strike on Saturday at noon, and again after he promised Mr. Sibal in the evening to make the announcement on receiving a written assurance on a law on black money.

    In the evening, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Media Adviser went a step further to justify the government's action. “On reflection, every liberal, secular and law-abiding citizen will want to applaud the government for upholding the Constitution and pre-empting another ‘December 6' moment,” he said, a reference to the 1992 crisis in which the BJP-led Uttar Pradesh government assured the Centre that law and order would be maintained at Ayodhya but then allowed the Babri Masjid to be destroyed. Other officials spoke of the possibility of some miscreant provoking violence and targeting Baba Ramdev — something that Dharmendra Kumar, Special Police Commissioner (law and order), had hinted at in his press briefing on Sunday when he said that the police had intelligence that the yoga guru could be attacked at the Ramlila Grounds.

    Senior BJP leader L.K. Advani dubbed the police action as “naked fascism” and demanded an apology from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Speaking to the media in Chennai, he said President Pratibha Patil should convene an emergency session of Parliament to discuss the development, along with the larger issues of corruption and black money.

    Mr. Advani, who was in Chennai to attend a wedding, said he was reminded of the Emergency imposed in June 1975 and felt that June 2011 could also turn out to be a similar “turning point” in the country's political history.

    But it was clear that the police action in the early hours of Sunday had changed the public mood — even though it was quite clear that highly coloured versions of the events were being touted by Opposition parties and TV channels. On Saturday evening, civil society groups were divided, with the Anna Hazare camp clearly unhappy that it had been sidelined and its spokespersons expressing their objections to the presence of those with a communal history — such as Sadhvi Rithambara — on stage; the television channels had turned hostile against Baba Ramdev, asking him why he had betrayed his supporters by striking a deal on Friday with the government on ending his hunger strike by June 6. In the BJP and RSS camps, there was consternation that the yoga guru had been “co-opted” by the government.

    The swoop wiped out all that: civil society groups closed ranks, the Anna Hazare camp held a press conference in Baba Ramdev's support; top BJP leaders held serial press briefings in Lucknow, Chennai and Delhi denouncing the government and recalling the dark days of the Emergency; and Baba Ramdev — despite his ignominious un-Gandhi-like exit from Ramlila Grounds — was a hero again.
     
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    BBC News - Baba Ramdev: India police break up yogi's Delhi protest


    Police in the Indian capital Delhi have broken up an anti-corruption protest led by controversial yoga guru Baba Ramdev.

    Around 30 people were injured as police fired tear gas to disperse thousands of his supporters, reports said.

    He had been fasting to demand that the government takes action to recover billions of dollars of suspected bribe money held in foreign bank accounts.

    Baba Ramdev was detained by police but later released.

    The police action followed angry exchanges between the authorities and Baba Ramdev over whether his demands had been accepted.

    He says he has no political affiliations, but his protest was backed by the main opposition party, the Hindu nationalist BJP.

    His protest comes as the Congress-led Indian government is struggling with a corruption scandal surrounding the sale of mobile phone operating licences.

    Baba Ramdev has also called for the death penalty for corrupt government officials.
     
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    Delhi kisi ke baap ki nahi hain: Ramdev - Rediff.com India News


    Baba Ramdev [ Images ] on Sunday night said he was determined to take forward his campaign against black money stashed in foreign banks, from Haridwar.

    "I will resume my satyagraha from Patanjali Yogpeeth Ashram. Soon, the protest will shift to Noida. I will talk to Uttar Pradesh [ Images ] Chief Minister Mayawati [ Images ] in this regard on Monday," he told media persons in Haridwar.

    The yoga guru had earlier in the evening tried to resume his stir from Noida. However, authorities turned him away, as Section 144 had been imposed in entire Uttar Pradesh.

    The car carrying Ramdev was stopped by the UP police at Muzaffarnagar's border with Roorkee, Uttarakhand [ Images ], at around 7.30 pm, Muzaffarnagar district officials said.

    "Several of our activists are injured. About 5,000 supporters are missing. I am pained and sympathise with those who have been victims of brutality. We will not spare those who committed atrocities and will drag them to the Supreme Court."

    Taking on the United Progressive Alliance [ Images ] government, which had forced him to leave Delhi [ Images ] in the wee hours of Sunday morning, Baba Ramdev said, "Sarkaar vikaas nahi, Ramdev ka vinaash chahti hain (The government doesn't want development; it wants the destruction of Ramdev).

    The yoga guru claimed that the only reason he left Delhi quietly was because he did not want to create a law and order problem.

    But he warned that he would take his protests to the national capital again, saying, "Delhi kisi ke baap ki nahi hain (Delhi doesn't belong to anyone's father)."

    He also dismissed the allegations made by Congress ministers, especially party general secretary Digvijaya Singh, about the source of funding for his movement.

    "I don't have any money or property. So they do the only thing they can, they target our Trust," he said, adding that these were attempts to malign his image.

    He challenged the probe agencies to investigate the source of funding of the movement, claiming that he had nothing to hide.
     
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    Now where is Diggy ji now?? baba has given an open challenge to audit the accounts....kaha ho bahaiyo :lol:
     
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    Fast led by yoga guru prompts India to weigh move against corruption - The Washington Post

    NEW DELHI — After a nationwide protest led by a popular yoga guru, Indian officials said late Saturday that the government has agreed to set up a panel to consider enacting a law to curb the deposit of illegally acquired funds in secret bank accounts abroad. But tens of thousands of Baba Ramdev’s supporters continued their anti-corruption hunger strike in New Delhi and other cities, saying they want a law, not a panel.

    Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai told reporters that a letter has been sent to Ramdev assuring him that tainted money sent abroad by Indians will be declared a “national asset.”


    “We hope Baba Ramdev will fulfill his part of committing to end the agitation once he has the written assurance,” Sahai said of the latest protest action in an eight-month anti-corruption campaign triggered by a long list of scandals.

    But the guru and a large crowd of his followers sitting on their yoga mattresses in a tent set up in Old Delhi refused to give up their fast until all of his demands were agreed to. Among those are the establishment of fast-track courts to try those accused of corruption and the withdrawal from circulation of higher-denomination currency, such as 500- and 1,000-rupee notes, on the grounds that they facilitate illegal hoarding.

    The Associated Press reported that hundreds of police officers forcibly removed Ramdev and thousands of supporters early Sunday for what they said were security reasons, then later released the guru. The Press Trust of India news agency reported that nearly 30 people were injured.

    With a flowing black beard and hair tied in a bun, Ramdev has been called the rock star of yoga. His daily two-hour television session has been the most watched show in India since 2003. As he teaches, he unleashes diatribes against corruption, international companies, plummeting moral values and homosexuality. Ramdev’s views appear to resonate with millions of Indians who are anxious about traditional cultural practices slipping away as India embraces a more Western lifestyle.

    His critics, however, note the expense of the elaborate infrastructure at the protest site in the capital, including 550 water taps, dozens of fans and a large, colorful tent. Ramdev arrived in New Delhi on Thursday in a private plane, which also drew criticism. One member of the ruling Congress Party, Digvijay Singh, called it a “five-star protest.”

    Ramdev began his protest Saturday with the chanting of “Om,” yoga and breathing exercises and a defiant message to the government. But by evening, the government and the guru were embroiled in mutual recriminations, each side accusing the other of breaking promises.

    Kapil Sibal, a senior government official engaged in negotiations with the guru, released a letter that he said was written by Ramdev’s aide and contained a pledge from the guru to end the fast within 24 hours.

    “This government has always reached out, but can also rein in. If we are accommodating, we can also be firm,” Sibal told reporters.

    Ramdev said that the letter was written under pressure from the government. “We were forced to write the letter,” he said. “This is nothing but betrayal.”

    Surendra Pal, a chemistry professor participating in the hunger strike, said that the government was trying to discredit the yoga guru.

    “The government is full of corrupt liars. They are trying to make Baba Ramdev look bad,” Pal said.

    Ramdev’s is not the first hunger strike against corruption in India this year. In April, hundreds of Indians protested against graft, and many activists fasted until the government agreed to consult the public in the writing of a new anti-corruption law. But some activists threatened to quit the government panel this week if the prime minister’s office and the chief justice of the Supreme Court were not included under the purview of the proposed Citizens Ombudsman Bill.

    The issue of illegal earnings deposited in secret foreign banks and global tax-free havens has led to a public outcry in the past year. Last year, a bank in Liechtenstein handed New Delhi officials a list of 26 Indians who hold accounts containing undeclared wealth. In March, the Supreme Court rebuked the government for failing to crack down on the practice, calling it “a pure and simple theft of national money.”

    “We are talking about a mind-boggling crime,” the court added. “This is the plunder of the nation.”

    Since October, a string of corruption scandals has rocked Singh’s government. The most notable scam involved former telecommunications minister Andimuthu Raja, who was convicted of selling business licenses to selected cellphone companies at throwaway prices, allegedly costing the nation about $39 billion. Raja and another lawmaker are now in prison, along with senior executives from telecommunications companies.

    Another politician from Singh’s Congress Party, Suresh Kalmadi, is also in prison after being convicted of financial irregularities in organizing last year’s Commonwealth Games.
     
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    it was UNDEMOCRATIC when it happened to Rahul Gandhi, but it's LEGAL when they do it to Ramdev...
     
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    When Gilani spoke against India in Delhi Indian Home Minister said its freedom to speak, but when Anna or Baba or any other person demand for rights its threat to the nation.
     
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    The reason is simple. That time it happened to Rahul Gandhi JI while this time it happened to COMMON INDIAN.
     
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    i wont be surprized if some sting operation reveals that rahul baba is actually son of Gilani saab.
     
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    Badi Badi Baate Par Chori karke Khate...:argh:
     
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