Baba Ramdev launches Swabhiman Yatra against corruption

United News of India

Jhansi, September 20, 2011

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev today started his "Swabhiman Yatra" to highlight the fight against corruption across the country and reiterated his demand to bring back the black money illegally stashed away by Indians in foreign banks.

Addressing a gathering at a yoga camp before launching the over 1 lakh-km yatra, Baba Ramdev said the people had joined the agitation against corruption and black money.

"Now, it is high time for the politicians to mend their ways and find ways to eradicate corruption," he asserted.

Baba Ramdev added that the motive of his rally was to bring back to India the black money stashed in banks abroad and he did not need any certificate from political parties about his commitment on the issue.

"There are at least 500 lakh pounds of black money stashed in the foreign banks by Indians, and these people or politicians involved in this should be treated as an enemy of the country," he said.

The yoga guru defended his aide Balkrishna, who has allegedly been involved in several cases of forgery and crime, and claimed that he has been falsely implicated by the Centre.

"Terming Balkrishna as a Nepali citizen is total false as the Nepal government has denied that he is the citizen of their country," he said, alleging that efforts were on by the Centre to send him to jail.

The Baba also lauded the effort of Balkrishna to promote Ayurveda in the country.

Baba Ramdev will travel to seven districts -- Jhansi, Mahoba, Hamirpur, Ramabai Nagar, Unnao, Hardoi and Farrukhabad -- as part of his anti-graft march and will end the yatra on October 3.

He had earlier staged a fast against corruption in June that was forcibly ended by the Delhi police.