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Singer Kejriwal leaves audience mesmerised

It was a perfect meeting of sorts: the lines of Bhopal's renowned poet Dushyant Kumar and the voice of India Against Corruption (IAC) activist Arvind Kejriwal, Neeraj Santoshi reports.

bhopal Updated: Aug 29, 2012 14:03 IST
Neeraj Santoshi

It was a perfect meeting of sorts: the lines of Bhopal's renowned poet Dushyant Kumar and the voice of India Against Corruption (IAC) activist Arvind Kejriwal.

Kejriwal, while concluding his forceful speech in Bhopal on Tuesday afternoon when it was drizzling outside, sang the famous lines from a Dushyant Kumar ghazal --'aaj yeh diwar pardoon ki tarah hilane lagi/shart lekin thi ki buniyad hilni chahiye...sirf hangama khada karna mera maqsad nahi/meri koshish ye hai ki ye soorat badalni chahiye'.

The jam-packed hall reverberated with the rebellious song, with audience singing in chorus.

Some people even recorded Kejriwal's song on their mobile phones. There were others who kept waving off the tricolour during the entire length of the song, two minutes, while Kejriwal sang.

Kejriwal, dressed in a simple cream-colour shirt, evoked a strong response from the audience who responded repeatedly to his high-octane speech with loud clapping and occasional comments about corruption in the state.

At one point of time, Kejriwal and his two associates from IAC had to appeal to the audience to not clap so often, especially when they were replying to the media.

Kejriwal minced no words while attacking BJP and the Congress, even using slogans to galvanize the audience.

He asked them to raise slogans like - 'Desh ke loot ki malai khayee, Congress and BJP bhai bhai'.

Many times during his speech, the youngsters would say - 'inqalab zindabad'.

There were youngsters who donned 'I am Anna-caps' and white T-shirts with IAC written on them.

The small hall proved insufficient for a few hundred audience. Many of them had to stand on the sides to listen to Kejriwal's speech.

Some young girls had also brought bouquets for Kejriwal and other IAC members.

During the press meet, a girl tried to raise the question of differences and factionism in MP unit of IAC.

But the media persons objected to it, saying she was not from the media. Her question remained unanswered.