Baba Ramdev's three-day symbolic fast ends today

  • Agencies, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Aug 11, 2012 10:29 IST

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev's three-day fast at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi against black money and host of other issues comes to an end on Saturday. Earlier yesterday, Ramdev asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to demostrate "political honesty and political will" in bringing back black money stashed away in foreign shores which can be spent on empowering the people.

He also claimed that terrorism and Naxalism in the country can be tackled if the government controls the flow of black money and the rising inflation.
"The government has the list of people who have stashed away black money in foreign shores. We don't want the names of those people, but at least disclose the amount at least. What is the harm in it? Why is the government reluctant?" he asked.

He said India can become the 'super power' in the world and the army can become more powerful than those in China and the US if the black money is brought back and spent on people and national security.

"We need an honest Prime Minister. I want the current Prime Minister to demonstrate his political honesty and political will on the issue of blackmoney," he said addressing the gathering at the Ramlila Ground.

He also said that the government has to spell out its agenda on black money, corruption and Lokpal by Saturday.

"Many people say I have no agenda. The agenda is to save the country. The people of the country will ask the government and all parties to spell out their agenda," he said.

Meanwhile, the government yesterday listed out the steps being taken to unearth and curb black money. In a 13-page factsheet, the government said undisclosed income of Rs 49,325 crore had been detected in the country in the last three years. Tax evasion of Rs 600 crore was found through inputs from abroad.

The government said it was pursuing 43,265 pieces of information about suspicious transactions received from overseas and domestic agencies. Over 12,500 pieces of information on assets and payments received by Indian citizens in several countries had been obtained and were “under different stages of processing and investigation”.


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