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BJP stages "satyagraha" against corruption, black money

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The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today staged "satyagraha" at 14 places in the capital in protest against the police action on yoga guru Baba Ramdev and his supporters on the night of June 4 while they were on an indefinite fast against corruption and black money.

The protests started at 0900 hrs and continued till 1800 hrs at Keshavpuram, Kanhaiya Nagar Chowk (Trinagar), Chandni Chowk, Khajuri Chowk, Azad Nagar, Mayur Vihar, Shahdara, Karol Bagh, Madhuban Chowk (Rohini), Nangloi Depot, Subhash Nagar More, Najafgarh, Mehrauli and Hamdard Chowk.

Senior BJP leaders Dharmendra Pradhan, Vijay Kumar Malhotra, Vijay Goel, Shahnawaz Hussain, Arti Mehra, Vani Tripathi, Prof Om Prakash Kohli, Dr Harsh Vardhan and others addressed the party activists.

Mr Pradhan said the Congress government has "betrayed" the people of the country. The people will certainly take "revenge" at the time of elections, he said.

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Mr Malhotra, the Leader of the Opposition in Delhi Legislative Assembly, alleged that the Congress was behaving in despotic manner and trying to suppress the voice of the people.

Demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the alleged police atrocities on Baba Ramdev and his supporters at Ramlila Maidan, BJP's Delhi unit chief Vijender Gupta said Prime

Minister Manmohan Singh should clarify his government's stand on the issues of black money and corruption.

"On one hand, four Cabinet Ministers, including Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, go to welcome Baba Ramdev at the airport on June 1.

"On the other hand, it sends police in the night of June 4-5 to fire teargas shells without warning on children, women, old people and youth sleeping there," Mr Gupta remarked.

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