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Ramdev stands firm, says fast on against corruption

delhi Updated: Jun 03, 2011 13:28 IST

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Friday said corrupt ministers and officials should be given the death sentence and vowed to press ahead with his hunger strike against corruption on Saturday.

"My fast will start from tomorrow (Saturday)," he told a huge gathering at the Ramlila ground in central Delhi.

"Corrupt people have no religion, they are demons. All corrupt ministers should be given the death sentence."

He also claimed that his agitation was neither "politically motivated or communal" nor he has any "underground agenda" as was being portrayed by some sections.

"...Barring one or two issues, a consensus seems to be emerging between us and the government," said the yoga guru, who held his first round of talks with senior ministers including Pranab Mukherjee who met him at the airport after his arrival here on June 1.

Addressing a gathering of more than 5000 people who poured in here to join him in his satyagraha against corruption from tomorrow, Ramdev said his movement is being undertaken in "national interest" and is not sponsored by any political party.

"Our agitation is not against any political party or individual. We are neutral, not being sponsored by any party or organisation and people from all castes and religion are joining us. We appeal to all parties to join us. We are erecting a special stage where representatives from all parties can come to put forth their point of view," he said.

Flanked by leaders of various religions, he also tried to deflect criticism that he is crossing the tenets of Yoga by taking up issue of corruption. "I am not crossing the limits of Yoga. Not lying and stealing is also part of yoga and I am trying to bring those who have crossed that limit back within the limit."