The police had initially planned to detain the yoga guru and 200 of his supporters at the Rajiv Gandhi stadium at Bawana in North-West Delhi. But they had to change plans after the convoy slowed down. The traffic situation went out of hand after rains and the huge crowds. Baba Ramdev was consulted and Ambedkar Stadium in nearby Daryaganj was chosen as an alternative location.
Baba Ramdev was perched on top of a vehicle moving slowly towards Parliament to allow his supporters on foot to keep pace. They were stopped at the Ranjit Singh Flyover, half a kilometre from Ramlila Maidan, where the yoga guru had been on a hunger strike for five days.
A Delhi Police constable climbed on top of the vehicle and placed his hand on the yoga teacher's arm to show Baba Ramdev was under arrest.
Baba Ramdev was carrying a national flag and was wearing a black band on his arm and across his forehead, like many of his supporters, in signal of their protest.
As he was being led away in a bus, Baba Ramdev, with his torso poking out of a window, said. "We will continue to fight this government... that is our strategy now." Hitting out at the Congress, he said, "This party has become a river of corruption and they have mines of black money. If that black money is recovered, this country will be heaven. But no one is willing to listen. We will tell people not only to defeat the Congress but also which candidates to vote for."
Baba Ramdev had not sought police permission to march towards Parliament. He had been authorised only to hold a large sit-in at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan.
When he started that camp five days ago, he declared he would not target a political party or personality. That changed dramatically today. He called for the dismissal of the Congress-led government for its alleged inability and disinterest in recovering crores of black money.
Political support was offered at his camp this morning by BJP president Nitin Gadkari, and Sharad Yadav of the JD(U). Both pledged their parties' support to the yoga icon.
The BJP also protested against black money in Parliament today, resulting in the adjournment of the Lok Sabha. The government has refused to engage with Baba Ramdev. The Congress spokesperson Janardhan Dwivedi said the Finance Minister has already explained in Parliament how the government plans to combat black money.
Last year, Ramlila Maidan was packed to capacity, when the police charged in at midnight to force the camp to disband. Many people were injured. The Supreme Court blamed both the Delhi Police and the charismatic guru for risking the safety of thousands.
From inside one of the DTC buses, Baba Ramdev say, "We will continue to fight this government... that is our strategy now..."
Baba Ramdev's fast is in its fifth day now. The presence of the NDA leaders is being seen as an attempt to offer the charismatic guru an exit route from a rally that has failed to generate heat or much public interest.
Baba Ramdev: They say Baba's andolan is a flop. 40,000 people have braved heat and rain; slept on wet ground. If this a flop show, then I want to know what is a successful campaign.
Baba Ramdev: We never said pass the government Lokpal, we asked for a strong Lokpal, and to find consensus on it.
Despite being a weekday, 8000 people have already gathered at Ramlila Maidan