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Team Anna to go ahead with fast

PTI  New Delhi, July 05, 2012
First Published: 14:26 IST(5/7/2012) | Last Updated: 21:22 IST(5/7/2012)

Reacting to the police letter denying permission to Team Anna to hold fast at Jantar Mantar, Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, "official reason (to deny permission) --Parliament in session. Are MPs scared of people of India? How far do they want people to stay away from them?"

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"It is dangerous for democracy if Parliament and MPs start getting scared of people...Real reason is that Chidambaram is behind denial...Anshan (fast)will take place --either at Jantar Mantar or in jail," he said.

Delhi Police on Thursday refused permission to Team Anna to hold an indefinite fast at Jantar Mantar here from July 25, contending that the timing coincides with the Monsoon Session of Parliament when it has to provide space to other outfits.

Activists did not buy the arguement and said they will hold the protest only at the same spot or in jail while accusing home minister P Chidambaram for not being allowed to hold the fast.

Another Team Anna member Manish Sisodia also strongly objected to the Delhi Police decision.

Team Anna had announced the indefinite protest against the UPA government on the issue of corruption and its alleged failure to enact a strong Lokpal as well as not setting up a Special Investigation Team to probe corruption charges against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his 14 Cabinet colleagues.

In a letter to Team Anna, Delhi Police said during the proposed period of the fast, the Monsoon Session of Parliament will be on and Jantar Mantar will see a huge rush of various organisations coming to hold dharna or demonstrations who all will have to be accommodated there.

"This place has a limited capacity to hold people, and keeping in mind equitable distribution of space for everyone, each organisation will be permitted to bring only a very limited number of supporters. A gathering larger than the capacity is vulnerable to stampede and other security-related issues which will come up," it said.

"Keeping in view the position explained above, the permission to hold a fast at Jantar Mantar continuously from 25.07.2012 to 08.08.2012 cannot be acceded to," the letter said, adding Team Anna can contact police for a mutually acceptable venue.

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