Anna Hazare, Baba Ramdev fast against corruption in Delhi
Updated: June 03, 2012 09:10 IST
Social activist Anna Hazare and yoga guru Baba Ramdev will sit on a fast in the national capital today demanding stronger action against corruption, the return of black money stashed away by Indians abroad as well as a stronger Lokpal Bill.
Social activist Anna Hazare and yoga guru Baba Ramdev are sitting on a fast in the national capital today demanding stronger action against corruption, the return of black money stashed away by Indians abroad as well as a stronger Lokpal Bill.
This is Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev's first joint appearance on a public platform in the past one year.
The protest marks a year of the police crackdown on Baba Ramdev and his supporters in the capital's Ramlila Maidan while they were protesting against black money. The police action had led to the death of a woman.
Today's protest, which is expected to end at around 6 pm, is likely to see Baba Ramdev announcing his strategy in the 2014 general elections.
Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev at Rajghat.
Team Anna members Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwal will join Mr Hazare and Baba Ramdev in the fast.
Ahead of the fast, both Mr Hazare and Baba Ramdev have stepped up their attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Mr Hazare had said that Dr Singh has lost faith in government while Ramdev alleged that the Prime Minister was not "politically honest".
Today's fast comes in the wake of fresh corruption allegations made by Team Anna against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and 14 of his cabinet ministers.
Around 5000 supporters gathered at the fast venue.
A man attempted to immolate himself at the fast venue, but was stopped the moment by poured petrol on himself.