Swami Ramdev Joins Protesters At Jantar Mantar

New Delhi/Mumbai, Apr 8: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has come out in full support of Anna Hazare's agitation against corruption. Joining the protesters at Jantar Mantar, Baba Ramdev raised a battle cry for hanging the
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PTI April 08, 2011 17:46 IST

New Delhi/Mumbai, Apr 8: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has come out in full support of Anna Hazare's agitation against corruption.

Joining the protesters at Jantar Mantar, Baba Ramdev raised a battle cry for hanging the corrupt.

Addressing the protesters, Ramdev said the government should hang the corrupt so that it serves as a deterrent to others.

Taking a dig at the government, Ramdev said if those running the government were clear and clean, they should not hesitate in framing a law that gave capital punishment to the corrupt.

He said the government was indifferent to the issue of corruption as the ruling members did not get affected by it.

Ramdev was all praise for Anna Hazare's crusade against corruption and said that he had come to the venue empty stomach.

The yog guru praised the media for supporting the campaign against corruption.

He said the government will have to ensure that the five representatives from the government side in the draft committee will have to be absolutely taint free or else they will not be accepted.

Meanwhile, extending his support to noted social activist Anna Hazare's fight against corruption, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan said he would always back issues that benefit the country and also called upon the media to commit themselves to the cause.

"I shall always be supportive of any issue which benefits the nation. I do not have to preach and shout out my allegiance towards my country from the roof top every day. My loyalty is not up for questioning and is not most certainly in a realm where it can be doubted," Bachchan wrote on his blog on Friday.

Replying to a girl named Pooja from his blog, Bachchan, who seemed to be hurt by her comments further said, "It is painful to know that without having complete knowledge of the matter from my end, she could assume factors which are not existent. To state that I am busy and interested in earning my money only and not concerned with matters of social interest, is completely unacceptable and unfair."

"How many electronic (channels) have committed themselves to the cause," he asked.

"Merely doing hourly reportages of it for their commercial existence and putting questions to be answered by others is a neat duck from putting their own foot into it. It would impress me greatly if a 'stringer' sent on a mission to report the news were to drop the microphone, desist from reporting and join in with the fast - something that they keep asking us to do," the 68-year-old actor said.

"Whatever work or programmes benefit the nation...are in the best of our country's interest. I appreciate and support it. Neither do we go around claiming credit for it nor do we know how to do it," he concluded.

India Inc also extended support to Anna Hazare in his fight against corruption, stating it is "sick" of the menace.

"We support any such movement by anybody, including Ramdev and Anna Hazare, to reduce corruption soon... We are sick of corruption," leading industrialist and Bajaj Auto Chairman Rahul Bajaj said.

Adi Godrej, the Chairman of the Godrej Group, also extended support to Hazare, who has been sitting on a fast-unto-death since Tuesday to press for an effective Lokpal Bill to deal with corruption in high places.

"Industry cannot go on streets. Yes, corporate India does support his cause. We are with him," said Godrej.

Pointing out that corruption cannot disappear from India immediately, Bajaj lauded the efforts of Hazare, saying "something has to be done" about it.

Expressing similar views, the Director General of industry chamber Ficci, Rajiv Kumar, said, "We completely support Hazare in his fight against corruption, which has been denting India."

Ficci, Kumar added, favours setting up of ombudsman-type institutions to deal with issues of corruption and governance.

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