Baba’s followers in city join fast
Hundreds of supporters of yoga guru Baba Ramdev in Mumbai participated in the agitation called by the Bharat Swabhiman Nyas at Azad Maidan on Saturday. Prajakta Chavan reports.mumbai Updated: Jun 05, 2011 01:13 IST
Hundreds of supporters of yoga guru Baba Ramdev in Mumbai participated in the agitation called by the Bharat Swabhiman Nyas at Azad Maidan on Saturday.
While 76 people went on an indefinite hunger strike on the first day of the agitation to support the cause, hundreds of volunteers practised a day-long fast.
“It is important to make higher education affordable or free of cost. The unaccounted money of our nation deposited in foreign countries can be utilised for this purpose,” said Aditya Dandekar, 25, a jewellery designer from Chembur and Bharat Swabhiman Nyas volunteer.
“In our country even terrorists are protected with tax payer’s money. It is time that law and order be strengthened and criminals be strictly punished,” said Hemant Patel, 26, a Borivli-based businessman.
Various religious and social groups including the Arya Samaj, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, India Against Corruption, Gayatri Pariwar, Rashtriya Seva Sangh, Swami Vivekanand Yuva Sangh, Vyapari Mandal and Sindhi Forum extended their support to the agitation.
“The middle-class is unable to progress due to corruption in the nation. The money lying in foreign banks is wrongly accumulated by a handful of people. If that money is brought back to India, a majority of citizens will benefit from it,” said Ajit Matta, president of International Sindhi Forum and Maharashtra tanker lorry owners’ association.