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Ramdev joins politics, launches party to 'cleanse' system

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev launched his political party today in New Delhi, which he said will cleanse the political system of the country. Ramdev said that the candidates from his party 'Bharat Swabhimaan' will contest all 545 seats in the next Lok Sabha elections.

delhi Updated: Mar 16, 2010 20:05 IST

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev launched his political party today in New Delhi, which he said will cleanse the political system of the country. Ramdev said that the candidates from his party 'Bharat Swabhimaan' will contest all 545 seats in the next Lok Sabha elections.

The yoga guru, who has launched his non-political movement 'Bharat Swambhiman' earlier, noted that he was not after any political posts and will not contest the elections.

"Through Bharat Swabhiman we are trying to increase our membership. These members on a district basis will elect a candidate for the elections. We will announce the name of the party and candidates before the elections. But I will not stand for elections personally," he said.

In the next three years, "we will name the new party", he said.

Ramdev said his party will contest all 542 Lok Sabha seats.

"Laws will change and politics will change after our entry," he said noting that the country faces many challenges.

"More than 50 per cent people in the country are illiterate. About 40 crore people sleep hungry. More than 200 districts are under the grip of Naxalism. There is a need for change and that is why we have started this Bharat Swabhiman."

"The challenges also include regionalism and terrorism. Laws should be strict to deal with issues like terrorism and rape," Ramdev said adding that he stands for bringing back the black money stashed away in tax havens.

"We will use the money brought from abroad for the development of the country. After we bring back the amount, we will be the economic superpower next to the US," he added.