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Thousands gather at Ramlila Maidan for Ramdev’s 2nd protest today

New Delhi, Aug 9 (): Around 6,000 to 7,000 people gathered at the Ramlila Maidan in the capital on Thursday morning as yoga guru Baba Ramdev launches an agitation against black money today.

Ramdev will be reaching the venue around 10 am after visiting the Shaheedi Part and Rajghat, and is expected to announce whether his protest will be an indefinite fast or just an agitation. “It is the responsibility of the people of India to protect the country out of corruption. This will be a crucial andolan,” said Baba Ramdev.

It remains to be noticed whether the movement can be flourishing as anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare has rejected to share Ramdev’s platform. Last time when Ramdev attempted a protest against black money, he was forced to stop the agitation with the Delhi police indulging in lathicharge. Again with the same demand Baba is back to the Ramlilla Maidan today.

A week back Anna Hazare’s fast came to a sudden end as the government refused to heed Anna’s demand, which resulted in Anna disbanding the entire team and even after Ramdev’s invitation to Anna to attend his fast, Anna isn’t in any mood to oblige.

Anna’s key supporter Kiran Bedi, took a different stand by tweeting, “Baba’s cause and Anna’s India against Corruption movement of Jan Lokpal Bill is for our sake, and therefore for the benefit of the country we are bound to support it.”

Of late, Ramdev’s growing relationship with several BJP leaders has given a strong political implication to his entire movement. What is the government’s action this time will be reflected whether he is treated like Anna or not.

“Thursday will mark the 70th anniversary of Quit India movement, “assumed Baba’s supporters at the fasting venue.

Around 5,000 volunteers will work round the clock with 60 CCTV cameras to ensure safety  in addition to  metal detectors and baggage scanners that has  been placed at all entry and exit points, said another aide SK Tijarawala.