Baba Ramdev in politics? Success of black money campaign will decide

After a campaign against black money that resulted in him meeting representatives from multiple political parties, yoga guru Baba Ramdev has said that he will take a call on contesting the Lok Sabha polls in 2014 after his upcoming rally in Delhi.

"At this juncture I am concentrating on bringing back black money from abroad, and implementing a strong Lokpal bill. However, if support pours in for Bharat Swabhiman Sanghatna, I will think about joining mainstream politics," Ramdev told reporters in Nagpur.

Will the yoga guru contest the 2014 polls? AFP

The yoga guru had earlier formed an organisation called Bharat Swabhiman in 2010 and had said the party would contest elections in the Lok Sabha polls, a claim which did not materialize, with the party not contesting any polls. Ramdev has always maintained though that he would not like to contest elections himself.

The organisation, now called the Bharat Swabhiman Sanghatna, has been organising the anti-black money rallies being held by the yoga guru.

The yoga guru is presently planning for a protest rally on 9 August in Delhi, where he will press the government to act against black money which he says has been stashed away in banks abroad.

Ramdev had earlier teamed up with anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare and his supporters to hold a rally in Delhi on 9 June but since then the two groups have largely been following different paths.

Anna Hazare's supporters, Team Anna, have been seeking government action against the allegations of corruption they levelled against Union ministers while Ramdev has been meeting with different political parties seeking their support from his campaign.

Despite being snubbed by the Congress, Ramdev has found support among many UPA allies, as well as the opposition NDA.

with inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Jul 17, 2012 10:39 AM

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