battle lines drawn at the fast venue

MUMBAI: Anna Hazare’s fast venue at Bandra-Kurla Complex saw hundreds of volunteers gathered to plan the protest and as many policemen gathered to ensure safety arrangements. For over 600 constables Christmas evening meant marching to the venue to review the area where they would be deputed for the next few days, “At no cost should anyone be rude, politely as people to cooperate so that there is no unpleasantness,” a group was being instructed at one of the corners of the 30,000 sq meter ground.

Over 50,000 people are expected to turn up at the fast every day “we are not going to register every persona s it will be very difficult to keep count, only people keeping fast with Anna ji will be registered,” Mayank Gandhi, coordinator of Mumbai IAC said. He added that there has been a huge support to the moment and they will not to accept any financial aid from anyone, “I am glad to say that people have volunteered to sponsor food, water, CCTV cameras, and rent of the venue. Within few hours of submitting application with MMRDA people had pledged over Rs 70 lakh. But we are not accepting nay cash or cheque this time.”

“We have lived our lives under forced corruption, our only demand is that the government comes up with a strong anti-graft bill so that the coming generation have a choice to be corrupt on not. We are still expecting the government to give an actual anti graft law and that will be a victory for us and the country, but there is little hope from politician,” one of the volunteer said.  “I am going to be here for as long as it takes …my business will get affected but the country has been hurt more,” he added.

In a related development, as many as 84,487 people from all over the country had registered their names till 9 pm on jailchalo.com web site set up by the IAC for registering the names of volunteers expressing their readiness to go to jail as part of its jail bharo andolan slated for December 30,31 and January 1 for the Jan Lokpal cause. Nearly 8,000 people from Mumbai and suburbs have registered, “This number is going to increase, we were expecting people to start registering after  27th when Anna Ji is here and the fast begins but we already have over 80, 000 people,” Radhika Prashad Dubey, who has taken up to responsibility of supplying food at the venue. “We have not tried to estimate the number of people, we will feed every person that comes here,” he added.

Responding to Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh’s remarks on Anna Hazare’s association with Rastriya Swayam Sevi sang (RSS) based on a picture with Nanaji Deskmukh to Arvind Kejriwal said,” Anna ji has pictures with Digvijay Singh and Sonia Gandhi as well, what does that mean?”

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