New Delhi, Aug 13 (ANI): Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev and his supporters refused to leave the Ambedkar Stadium here on Monday evening despite the Delhi Police formally announcing that they are free to go.
Delhi Police has lifted Section 65 imposed on the yoga guru and thousands of his supporters and allowed all those detained to walk free. The yoga guru was earlier in the day arrested under Section 65 of Delhi Police Act while he was marching to Parliament along with his supporters.
"Delhi police had detained you under Section 65 of Delhi Police Act. Now, you are legally free to go out from here," said Additional CP Devesh Srivastava.
Delhi Police had earlier this afternoon taken Baba Ramdev and his supporters into preventive custody at the Ranjit Singh flyover during the attempted march to Parliament.
Baba Ramdev was earlier denied permission for the march by the Delhi Police. He had been authorised only to hold a large sit-in at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan.
An intense drama is presently on at the Ambedkar Stadium here with the yoga guru declaring that he would breaking his fast after all his supporters are provided with food by the government
Baba Ramdev earlier this evening said his biggest fault is that he is pitching his voice against black money and corruption and devoting himself to the nation's cause.
The yoga guru claimed that all political outfits, except the ruling Congress Party, are backing him in his agitation.
"My fault is that I am raising my voice against black money and corruption. The government was making all attempts to underplay this movement. All political parties except the Congress are with us and the whole nation has also joined us in our movement," said Baba Ramdev.
"Sharad Pawarji is backing me. I spoke to him yesterday. All will come to meet me," he added.
Baba Ramdev reiterated that he would not enter politics, but said that he would not let the corrupt emerge victorious in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
"We will defeat the corrupt in 2014 and ensure that those who are against black money and corruption emerge victorious. I will never come into politics or contest elections," he said.
Baba Ramdev urged all citizens of the country to court arrest for a day for the nation's cause, and emphasized that there can be no revolution without going to jail.
"I would first urge all to get in (into the Ambedkar Stadium). I would urge all to spend at least one day in prison. It is a matter of great honour for devoted citizens of the country to go to jail. There can be no revolution without going to jail. A jail is the penultimate place of a patriot," said Baba Ramdev.
"I would urge all citizens of all Delhi and nearby places to court arrest for at least a day and prove that crores of people are willing to go to jail. "I would urge all to court arrest for a day and prove that the Indian prisons are smaller for people committed to the nation's cause," he added.
Baba Ramdev said that he told the Delhi Police personnel that his supporters had not resorted to violence and asked them to take him anywhere they wished.
"The police told me that its not possible to take all to Bawana. So, I told them that my supporters have not resorted to violence and you may take us anywhere you wish to," he said prior to entering the Ambedkar Stadium.
Baba Ramdev, who secured the support of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and brought them on his platform at the Ramlila Maidan here today, earlier in the day declared that he would take his ongoing protest on black money and corruption to Parliament and vowed to oust Congress in the next Lok Sabha polls.
Baba Ramdev said that the aim of his protest is to ensure that no ' dishonest person enters Parliament' following the Lok Sabha elections in 2014.
The yoga guru, who is having the support of the National Democratic Alliance parties in his mission has, however, denies having any 'political agenda'.
Baba Ramdev's last outing at the Ramlila Maidan, in June last year, saw a midnight police crackdown with authorities claiming that he violated norms agreed upon. He was caught by police, while trying to flee from the protesting venue in a woman's attire. (ANI)