New Delhi, Aug 13 - Yoga guru Ramdev today began his march towards Parliament along with thousands of his supporters from Ramlila Maidan, intensifying his protest against corruption and black money.
Ramdev, who launched his fast on Thursday demanding that the government take action on the issue of bringing back black money stashed away in foreign shores, began the march at around 1.15 PM from Ramlila Maidan.
Holding the national tricolour, Ramdev hopped into a open vehicle from outside the Maidan in central Delhi and began his march as he was joined by thousands of his supporters.
"Let us start the march to Parliament. Our march is not to gherao Parliament. But to agitate. None of our volunteers should indulge in violence," he told his supporters before beginning his march.
Heavy police presence could be seen outside Ramlila Maidan and Ranjit Singh Flyover, the route of the protest march.
Ten minutes into the march the cavalcade was stopped by Delhi Police near the flyover, saying that they do not have permission to march.
Ramdev announced this morning that he and his supporters would march towards Parliament and hold an agitation outside the complex.
"The government has become completely deaf. We have to make them hear us. Now our protest will be outside Parliament. We are not talking about gherao," Ramdev said while addressing his supporters in the morning.
"Lok Sabha polls will be in 2014 and 99 per cent could be in 2013. This protest is to ensure that no dishonest person enters Parliament. Such people should be boycotted. We do not have a political agenda," he said. PTI