Mon, 04 Jun 2012 08:33:15 GMT | By IANS

Rift mars Anna-Ramdev joint fast against corruption

New Delhi: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev and activist Anna Hazare's day-long fast against corruption and black money here Sunday was marred by an open rift with Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal walking out after he was chided by Ramdev for naming MPs.


Rift mars Anna-Ramdev joint fast against corruption

Addressing a crowd of thousands, mainly Ramdev followers, who gathered at the Jantar Mantar on a hot and sultry Sunday, the yoga guru reiterated his demand that the government bring back all black money stashed away in foreign banks.

Ramdev launched a direct attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking him to ensure honesty in his cabinet.

Taking a dig at the joint fast by the two, Samajwadi Party leader Shahid Siddiqui said their alliance would "not yeild any result", while the Congress said the repeated attacks on "democratic institutions" were not "good" for the nation.

Taking on the prime minister, Ramdev said: "The prime minister said that 'I am honest', but the country does not see you as an individual.

"The nation respects you for being an honest individual, but you should also be honest politically. The country sees you as the person holding the highest constitutional post. Your personal honesty is not enough... Keep your cabinet honest," he said.

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