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On eve of 'black money' stir, Ramdev says he has no political agenda

PTI  Ahmedabad, August 08, 2012
First Published: 20:03 IST(8/8/2012) | Last Updated: 20:17 IST(8/8/2012)

As he prepares to launch second round of his agitation on black money and a host of other issues in Delhi, yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Wednesday maintained he harbours no political ambitions and his only aim was to push for bringing back unaccounted money stashed abroad.

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"We have no political ambitions, we have no political mission or political agenda. Our only mission is to save the country by bringing back black money," he said while talking to the media here on eve of his agitation.

After spending three days in the ancestral home of 'Iron Man' Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at Karmsad in Anand district, Ramdev was in the city to address a religious gathering held as part of Janamashtami festivities.

Besides his pet issue of black money, the yoga teacher-cum-activist will this time also focus on a host of other matters like Lokpal Bill, making CBI independent and a more transparent procedure for appointing Election Commissioners, CAG, CVC and CBI Director during his indefinite stir beginning at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan from Thursday.

Asked whether Gandhian Anna Hazare will be joining him at the Ramlila Ground, he said, "Annaji has more than once publicly promised that he is joining me on August 9, so now its up to him to decide."

"We have appealed to every social, religious, political and spiritual organisation to join our movement. So anyone can come and join us tomorrow," he maintained when asked if Arvind Kejriwal or Kiran Bedi, key members of now disbanded Team Anna, would be present at this protest site.

Before addressing the media, Ramdev called upon the people to organise rallies in support of his movement.

"Black money is a product of unjust economic management and that's the root cause of all problems we are facing currently. So tomorrow show your anger against blackmoney by organising a rally in big way," he said.


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