Lukewarm start to Team Anna's protest in national capital
Team Anna's protest in Delhi against a "weak" Lokpal Bill today elicited a lukewarm response with supporters blaming the winter chill and absence of Anna Hazare for the low turnout at Ramlila Maidan.delhi Updated: Dec 27, 2011 12:59 IST
Team Anna's protest here against a "weak" Lokpal Bill on Tuesday elicited a lukewarm response with supporters blaming the winter chill and absence of Anna Hazare
for the low turnout at Ramlila Maidan.
It was a delayed start for the protest to express solidarity with Hazare's fast in Mumbai as mercury remained at below normal level and a fog cover hung over the city.
The protest relay fast was scheduled to start at 10 am but it started only 90 minutes later as the crowd was not as huge as witnessed during the earlier agitation when Hazare was at the centre stage.
The leader of the protest Shanti Bhushan himself came to the podium at 10:30 am though another Team Anna member and his son Prashant Bhushan was at the venue before explaining to media persons about the protest and the delayed start.
The senior Bhushan sat alone at the dais as music was played for almost an hour but was joined by Prashant and others later.
Hazare was supposed to sit on a fast here but the venue was changed taking into consideration the weather in the capital. The activist is staging a three-day fast in Mumbai.
Though initially the number of protesters were low, the pace slowly picked up as the day progressed. Prashant blamed the chilly and foggy weather for the low
turnout in the morning. "I am sure people will come here as well. It is a cold day, foggy day today. It will take sometime for people to turn up. They will come, don't worry," he said.
Activist Gopal Rai said winter and probably the absence of Hazare may be the reason for the low turnout but expressed hope that more people will come.
First Published: Dec 27, 2011 12:39 IST