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Vote for democracy, urge spiritual gurus

Vote for democracy, urge spiritual gurus

Author: Avishek G. Dastidar
Publication: Hindustan Times
Date: April 4, 2009

Introduction: Baba Ramdev, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar have an Election Mantra

Spiritual Gurus Baba Ramdev and Sri Sri Ravi ankar, who command huge followings across the country, are launching their respective campaigns urging people to vote in the Lok Sabha polls.

Ramdev's newly-formed Bharat Swabhaman Trust is spreading his election-related preaching through volunteers in over six lakh villages and towns across India. The objective is to achieve 100 percent voting.

"This is to strengthen democracy, kill corruption and get ourselves honest legislators," Ramdev told Hindustan Times.

With slogans like "Cast your vote but don't vote your caste" and a whole list of Hindi jingles and couplets, volunteers will go door-to-door in villages. Ramdev, whose yoga style is followed by millions, has also communicated to political parties they must bring back the supposedly humongous amount of black money lodged in Swiss banks. "Rs 72.80 lakh crore of public money is illegally parked in Swiss accounts. The party that promises to bring that back will get our votes," said SK Tijarawala, a close aide of the Baba.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Art of Living (AoL) foundation has tied up with groups like Youth For Equality to involve youngsters in "strengthening democratic processes". "The· key issues we are highlighting are corruption and terrorism," said Sangeeta Anand, spokeswoman for AoL Delhi.

- avishek.dastidar@hindustantimes.com

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