Ramdev threatens intensify stir if demands not met

New Delhi: Ramdev`s fast entered the third day today with the yoga guru threatening to intensify his agitation if his demands on blackmoney and Lokpal bill are not met by the deadline set by him.

Ramdev had set a three-day ultimatum, which ends this evening, to the government to address the issues raised by him when he launched his three-day fast on Thursday at Ramlila Maidan here.

"We will wait till evening (to hear from the government on our demands). Our three day deadline ends then. After that period is over, a roar will arise from this very Ramlila Maidan."

"We have not been taking names. But after then, we will take names who were in fault in this looting of country`s wealth," he said addressing the crowd, whose count has been on the decline since yesterday.

He also said India`s standing in the world will increase if an honest person hoists the flag on Independence Day.

"If a person with clean hands hoists the tricolor, it will raise the country` prestige. But, if it is hoisted by some dishonest person, then it will be disgraceful. How can it be, that you have a tricolour in your hands and you do not have the tricolour in your heart," he said.

Ramdev had said yesterday that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should show "political honesty and political will" on the issue of black money and tackling corruption.

He had also said that he will not leave the protest venue without a "big decision" from government on steps to bring back black money and enactment of a strong Lokpal law.

"Only after a big decision from the government, we will leave Ramlila Maidan," he said.

Meanwhile, Ramdev held consultations with his close aides on the next phase of agitation.