People from all walks of life and social organisations in different parts of the country on Saturday extended support to Baba Ramdev’s indefinite strike against corruption by observing fasts, holding dharnas and performing ‘hawans’.
In Patna, activists of more than 60 social, religious and spiritual organisations joined a demonstration under the banner of the trust of Patanjali Yoga Samiti at Kargil chowk to support Ramdev.Ashish Kumar Sinha, convener of the Patajali Yoga Samiti in Patna District, said over 100 people sat on fast at different district headquarters in support of Ramdev.Teachers, social activists, students and people from different sections of the society expressed support to Ramdev’s satyagraha.
“The agitation will not be withdrawn in Bihar as long as Ramdev’s satyagraha will continue in Delhi against corruption and bringing black money stashed away abroad back to India,” Sinha said, adding campaign vehicles were being flagged off to various destinations to mobilise people’s support.
Ramdev’s supporters across Assam also joined his agitation in Guwahati and Dibrugarh.A large number of the Baba’s followers gathered at the Last-Gate Field in Dispur, next to the state secretariat, for demanding repatriation of black money stashed away abroad.
Arrangements for the agitational programme were made by the Assam unit of Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Yoga Samity and the Bharat Swabhiman Trust.In Nagpur, supporters of Ramdev extended support to him by performing a ‘hawan’ and singing ‘bhajans’.
Members of Yuva Swabhiman, headed by Badnera MLA Ravi Rana, gathered at the Reserve Bank square on the busy national highway in central part of Nagpur early today and performed ‘hawan’ and sang ‘bhajans’ to express their solidarity.Ramdev was praised in their speeches by local leaders on the occasion.
In Lucknow, activists of various social organisation staged a dharna.The demonstration, which started to support Ramdev would continue till the evening and would be held everyday till the yoga guru continues his hunger strike, former university student leader and social activist Shantanu Sharma said.
Braving scorching heat, teachers, student leaders, former corporators and members of Lucknow Vyapar Mandal assembled at Jhulelal Park to raise their voice against corruption.
The yoga guru brushing aside government’s persuasion began his protest along with thousands of his followers, including leaders from Sikh, Jain and Muslim communities, at the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi early in this morning.
46-year-old Ramdev’s demands include promulgation of an ordinance to bring back black money from abroad, enactment of a law for capital punishment of corrupt people and confiscation of ill-gotten wealth.
In Kolkata, supporters of Baba Ramdev expressed solidarity with yoga guru Ramdev.They staged a rally at the Esplanade area during which they expressed their resolve to be with Ramdev in his crusade against corruption.
In Rajkot in Maharashtra, large number of activists of various NGOs staged a sit-in near Tricaun Baug area and extended their support to the Yoga guru.
Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh (RSS) members also joined the stir.In Tamil Nadu, hundreds of supporters of Baba Ramdev staged a day-long fast at various places across the state.
In Chennai, scores of persons belonging to Ramdev’s Patanjali Trust and some pro-Hindu outfits like Hindu Makkal Katchi held protest near the women’s arts college off arterial Anna Road.
Similar protests were held in districts including Coimbatore, Villupuruam, Kancheepuram, Salem and Namakkal, police said.
A Coimbatore report said the protestors, including a few women, under the banner of Bharat Nirmaan Trust (BNT) and Pantanjali Trust, were supported by over 100 people who began a relay hunger strike.
People from different walks of society sat on dharnas and observed fasts at some places in Chandigarh and Panchkula in Haryana to extend support to Ramdev.