Even as Mumbai prepares for social crusader Anna Hazare’s three-day agitation at the Bandra-Kurla Complex grounds from Tuesday, a frail-looking Anna on Sunday said he is planning an extended campaign in Delhi after the stir in the city.
Hands shaking, Anna, who has been down with viral fever for the past two days, spoke at the special gram sabha in his village, Ralegan Siddhi.
“After Mumbai, we will have a long agitation in Delhi,” said Anna, who kept people waiting for more than 90 minutes before he stepped out of his room and spoke for 15 minutes.
Anna will leave his village at 3 pm on Monday and make a stop at Alandi near Pune to visit Sant Dnyaneshwar temple. He will reach Mumbai around 7 pm.
In Mumbai, the police are working overtime to ensure that security measures are in place. At least 2,000 constables and 200 police sub-inspectors will be deployed in and around the venue, and they will be assisted by six platoons of the State Reserve Police Force and while three platoons of the anti-terror Quick Response Team commandos. Two bomb detection and disposal squad teams will also be on duty.
Anna emphasised that his campaign for a stronger Jan Lokpal Bill will be non-violent. “We have to understand that our agitation remains non-violent as that is the strength of our agitation,” he said. “If the govt lathicharges us, we will face lathis.”
He used the platform to also criticise Sonia and Rahul Gandhi.
“After the Mumbai fast, I am going to Delhi to take up a dharna outside Sonia and Rahul Gandhi’s homes because they only understand this language [extreme measures],” he said.
Explaining why he was fasting only for a short period of time, Anna said: “This time I am fasting for only three days as many people have advised me to not go for a longer one.”
Dr DG Pote, who is treating the activist, said: “He has fever, but he has been given medicine and he will be better tomorrow. He will be ready to travel and go on fast.”