12. 25 pm: After Ramdev breaks his fast, reactions come in from the Congress party. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the NDA, which supported Ramdev yesterday on the issue of black money, must check what they are doing before blaming others. "UPA is working to bring back black money, you cannot deny that," he told reporters. He also said,"BJP has black money stashed abroad, please ask them to bring that back, before commenting."
Information and Broadcasting minister Ambika Soni refused to comment on Ramdev. She said, "It's an issue between Delhi police and Ramdev, I can't say anything."
11.55am: Finally some clarity on what Ramdev will do next. The yoga guru informs the crowd that he will proceed to Haridwar and bathe in the holy Ganga, after not having eaten or bathed in over five days. He also says that he will not hold any more agitations until it gets closer to the Lok Sabha polls.
He thanks the crowd for their support and breaks his fast after being handed a glass of juice by two children amid a shower of petals.
11.50am: Ramdev continues his 'apolitical' rant against the Congress party and then says he will tell the people who to support before the next Lok Sabha polls.
11.40am: Ramdev has upped his anti Congress rhetoric, blaming the party for corruption, black money, inflation, the economy and everything else plaguing the country. "We should promise that we will not allow a single corrupt member of the Congress party to return to Parliament in next election. We should vote only for leaders who are willing to tackle black money and corruption", he said.
Ramdev also called Congress the "most corrupt party", but then strangely tried to reiterate that he did not have a political agenda, saying that his concern was for the country. "My agenda is against corruption. I will fight against it till my last breath", he said.
He also dismissed Home Ministry security concerns saying, "The Home Ministry has warned of violence by us. They should know we will give lives for country but won't ever be violent".
11.28pm: Ramdev has now turned his attention to the Prime Minister, saying that his Independence day speech must include a response to the issue of black money. "The Prime Minister should give a solution to solve corruption and black money problems, otherwise the country will hold him responsible too.", he said.
Ramdev also said that if they had so desired, they could have have agitated and prevented the Prime Minister from unfurling the flag on Independence Day, but they had decided in their magnanimity not to do it.
Ramdev also asked why the Congress was not joining his movement to get back black money, saying, "We are not asking for a seperate nation. Why can't the Congress back our agitation?" He said that the party had been undone by their own misdeeds and not by him, adding, "These dynastic parties do not listen to the plight of farmers and the poor. We have decided to ensure that corrupt and hoarders of black money should not be allowed to come to power in Parliament", he said.
11.20am: Ramdev begins addressing the crowd at the Ambedkar stadium, extorting them to stand up because "the time of sitting is over". "This government has lost the faith of the people and has lost it in Parliament", he said, continuing the anti Congress stance he has been taking since Sunday. He also told the assembled crowd that " If there had been a vote on black money yesterday, the government would have fallen.
Ramdev added that the real strength of any movement lay with the people of the country, and said he knew that the people were with him and with his movement. He added that after receiving the support of many political parties including the SP, BSP and NCP, he was confident that the present government would be toppled. "We are leaving this agitation with a victory since the whole country and all political parties are backing us", he said.
11.10am: BJP Rajya Sabha MP Ram Jethmalani addressing the crowds at the Ambedkar stadium, has accused Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi of being one of those with Black Money stashed abroad. "Sue me if you want!" He said defiantly. Jethmalani also hailed Baba Ramdev and said that while he himself worked in a court of law, Ramdev worked in a "court of the people".
He also said that it was for Ramdev, and not the government, to decide when the Ambedkar stadium would be vacated.
11.05pm: The Delhi police has made a public appeal to the crowds at Ambedkar stadium, asking them to vacate the premises. The crowd boos and shouts "no!" The police announcement, made from the dais where Ramdev is sitting also said that transport facilities have been made available for those in the stadium to leave. Earlier, Ramdev's aide VP Vaidik accused the government of insulting the hunger strike by Baba Ramdev by ignoring the Ramdev agitation.
Ramdev is scheduled to break his fast anytime now.
11.59am: Home Secretary RK Singh has said that there is no question of Baba Ramdev staying on at the Ambedkar stadium, as it lies on the route that the Prime Minister will take to the Red Fort for his annual Independence day speech. Singh has also held a meeting with senior officials in the Home Ministry to make contingency plans in case Ramdev changes his mind and refuses to vacate.
The possibility of that happening is unlikely however, as Ramdev has reportedly told the Delhi police that his supporters will vacate the premises by noon.
Earlier, the Delhi Police submitted a report to Ministry of Home Affairs on Baba Ramdev's agitation. The report expresses security concerns about an unverified mob sitting so close to the Red Fort on the eve of the Independence Day. The police commissioner is likely to brief Home Secretary again on Tuesday morning.
10.50am: Senior advocate and BJP Rajya Sabha MP ram Jethmalani arrives at the Ambedkar stadium, where Ramdev is expected to break his fast at around 11am. The yoga guru has not said where he will go after the fast, although unconfirmed reports state that he has sought an audience with the President. There is no word from the President's office in this regard yet.
Two children from the Balmiki community are scheduled to help Ramdev break his fast, in the presence of about 3000 people who are still with him inside the stadium.
9.20am: Baba Ramdev, who has been in the Ambedkar stadium since last evening, is scheduled to break his fast at 11am today. The yoga guru turned activist who courted arrest along with almost 15,000 supporters on Monday, is likely to vacate the stadium by noon, and then depart for Haridwar. He is also scheduled to announce the next stage of his agitation.
The Delhi police who had herded Ramdev into the stadium after he courted arrest on Monday, said that the yoga guru and his supporters were free to leave at around 7.30pm, but he refused to vacate the venue.
After staying put at Ambedkar Stadium throughout the night refusing to vacate it, Ramdev told his supporters that he “is acceding to the appeal of his supporters and is calling off the fast but the movement will continue.”
“I had earlier said that I will end my fast in Jail. This stadium is a makeshift jail. I had said will call off my fast only after my supporters get food and water. Late in the night, they were provided with food and water,” Ramdev said.
“They have appealed to me to end the fast at 11:00 AM,” Ramdev said, addressing his supporters this morning.
He also said there will a big movement against Congress ahead of the next Lok Sabha elections.
The yoga guru said history will be created today and he will announce his next course of action before noon.
Ramdev has seen his movement take a decidedly political and anti-Congress stand, and he has been joined by the BJP, NDA, Akali Dal and a host of opposition parties in the recent past. These parties have also started raising his demands of bringing back black money in parliament, with the Lok Sabha being adjourned over the issue on Monday.
Published Date: Aug 14, 2012 11:45 AM | Updated Date: Aug 14, 2012 12:36 PM