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People throng to support Ramdev’s anti-corruption agitation

Haridwar: As yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s agitation enters the fourth day, hundreds of supporters from different regions and religions have come here to pledge their support and give momentum to his movement against corruption and black money.

From young to old, people from all religions are seen raising anti-graft slogans, chanting holy songs and listening to sermons being given by religious leaders at the huge ‘yagya shala’ inside the Patanjali Yogpeeth, about 20 kilometres from here.

“We have come here to help Baba in his great movement to bring back black money from abroad. We want our country free from corruption, Dr Sadaqat Ali, convenor, Muslim Rashtriya Manch said. “I want other Indians to support this pro-people sit in. They should come forward to protest the government at the Centre for not showing political willingness in getting black money from Swiss bank accounts,” Ali said.

We are here observing fast with our Guru (Ramdev). It is a kind of operation clean up taken by him for the welfare of people, Rakesh Singh, a property dealer based in Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar said.

“I have been associated with Baba Ramdev for past ten years. I want to get some knowledge from him to help in the welfare of other suffering in remote areas of my state. I am also observing fast to support him,” Sanjay Kumar, who hails from Hisar in Haryana said.

A number of volunteers wearing T-shirts of Patanjali Yogpeeth were seen guiding hundreds of people coming from all states to participate in the protest. Though there are no private shops inside the huge campus of Yogpeeth, certain small joints outside it are abuzz with the activities of media persons and locals, and have become ‘interaction centres’ for them.

“There are activities throughout the year. But I am seeing these many mediapersons for the first time in my life. But its good that Baba’s movement is spreading with the help of media across the world,” Mohan Singh, who works at an eatery shop just opposite Patanjali Yogpeeth said. “I am really pained to see Baba. At such an age, he is keeping fast and fighting against anti-social elements to weed out corruption from our country. I am confident his efforts will bring result and government will accept all his demands,” Chhavi, who has come here along with her parents from Bihar said.

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