With first two days of winter session of both Houses of Parliament already gone, and no sign of agreement between the ruling party and the Opposition parties, it seems the coming days are going to be tough for the Congress-led UPA government. Meanwhile, yoga guru Ramdev's new threat to launch a nationwide agitation against UPA, if it did not bring and pass the Jan Lokpal Bill and repatriate black money stashed abroad in this session of Parliament itself, has mounted extra pressure on the government.
Money matters: Baba Ramdev addresses a press conference on black
money at Constitution Club in New Delhi on Wednesday. PIC/Rajeev Tyagi
Although Congress downplayed the issue saying everyone has a right to protest in a democratic set up, Ramdev's letter will definitely mount more pressure. Ramdev has written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and set a week-long deadline for being informed about the measures taken to address his concerns. The Baba said he wanted the Jan Lokpal Bill to be passed in the Winter Session and efforts be made to bring back the black money.
"If the government does not take important and decisive steps on these issues in the Winter Session, then I will be forced to organise agitations in the five poll-bound states, including Uttar Pradesh, and later extend it to other parts of the country," he said.
Ramdev said he would launch a three-phased countrywide agitation from June 4, if the UPA failed to bring an effective anti-graft legislation. "We will conduct a referendum in the five poll-bound states after meeting the MPs and political parties and getting their views on black money, Jan Lokpal and change in the system," Baba said. He added he might support or oppose a candidate in election based on the outcome of views after the referendum.