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India yoga guru Baba Ramdev hunger strike continues

  • 10 August 2012
  • From the section India
Indian yoga guru Baba Ramdev greets his supporters during a mass anti corruption protest, in New Delhi, India , Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012
Image caption Baba Ramdev is one of India's most prominent anti-corruption campaigners

Indian yoga guru Baba Ramdev's anti-corruption hunger strike has entered its second day in the capital, Delhi.

The yoga guru says he is campaigning for the recovery of suspected bribe money allegedly held overseas.

He is also demanding strong anti-corruption laws and more autonomy for government investigation agencies.

Baba Ramdev has said he will wait for the government's response until Sunday to decide on "the next course of action".

The yoga guru has millions of supporters and his daily television programme is eagerly watched by millions of people across India.

Last June he held a nine-day anti-corruption hunger strike before the police evicted him from Delhi.

His latest protest - attended by several thousand people - is being held at the Ramlila ground in Delhi, the venue of his protest last year.

Baba Ramdev said on Thursday that he was undertaking a "symbolic" three-day-long hunger strike, and he would decide on his next move on Sunday.

"The government must pay heed to the people's demand. The money stashed away abroad does not belong to anybody. It belongs to the nation and must be brought back to the nation," he told supporters.

In June this year, the yoga guru joined leading campaigner Anna Hazare to undertake a day-long fast in protest against corruption.

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