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Govt efforts fail as Baba Ramdev adamant on going on fast

Agencies  New Delhi, May 31, 2011
First Published: 10:29 IST(31/5/2011) | Last Updated: 19:19 IST(31/5/2011)

It seems that government's efforts to persuade Baba Ramdev to call off his hunger strike are going in vain. Baba Ramdev today said that he will go on fast on June 4.

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"These are complex issues. Talks will have to continue. Constitutional form has to be given to a strategy to tackle corruption. I will go on fast on June 4," Baba Ramdev said on Tuesday.

Government has been trying hard to convince Baba Ramdev to call of his fast unto death.

PM Manmohan Singh on Monday convened a meeting to discuss the steps to be taken to prevent Baba Ramdev from going on hunger strike.

Exactly a week after Ramdev announced going on fast, government set up a committee to examine ways to strengthen laws to curb the generation of black money and its transfer to overseas locations and to bring these back into India's legitimate financial system.

Ramdev's campaign, satyagraha against corruption, will be held at Ramlila Maidan to force the government to act on corruption-related issues. He plans to continue his fast till the government accepts his three demands — recover black money stashed away in foreign banks by Indian politicians and businessmen and declare it as public property, ban high-denomination currency notes in the country as it leads to high-level corruption and award death sentence to the corrupt.


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