Day 2: Mumbaikars get free rides to swell attendance
Disappointed by the low turnout on Day One, no stone was left unturned by India Against Corruption (IAC), Mumbai on Wednesday to increase the numbers at the MMRDA ground at Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) on the second day of the agitation.Updated: Dec 28, 2011 23:32 IST
Disappointed by the low turnout on Day One, no stone was left unturned by India Against Corruption (IAC), Mumbai on Wednesday to increase the numbers at the MMRDA ground at Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) on the second day of the agitation.
IAC started mobilising crowds from the morning itself. A free bus service was started from Bandra and Kurla railway stations to the venue. Pamphlets informing about the agitation were distributed at railway stations and on roads.
Volunteers were seen appealing commuters to visit the agitation venue and directing them to free buses.
"After seeing yesterday's turnout we are mobilising people to the BKC ground. Mumbaikars are ready to come but are discouraged due to lack of connectivity, which we are providing them," said IAC coordinator Mayank Gandhi.
Several organisations, associations and groups had backed the IAC during its earlier agitations, but in the current protest hardly any were present.
"All organisations that supported us earlier are ready to come, it's only a matter of time. They all are expected by today evening," said Gandhi.
The exercise helped to some extent as the crowd increased by evening when Anna Hazare broke his fast.
"The crowd was 60,000 plus after which we stopped registering," said IAC media coordinator Preeti Sharma Menon.
Police, however, said the number was between 4,000 and 5,000, compared to Tuesday's 4,000-4,500.
Presence of few groups was seen in the evening, Yuva Jagruti Manch, Punjab; Bhim Chaya Rahivasi Sangh, Kanmavarnagar and some residential groups from Goregoan, Sion and Santacruz participated in the agitation.
"Our group has participated in all Anna rallies and we will continue to do so," said Yuva Jagruti Manch president Mohnish Sharma.
Over 200 people arrived from Hazare's village Ralegan Siddhi.
"We learned through media that Anna's health is deteriorating, so we have come here to support him and request him to break his fast. If his health is sound we will stage many such agitations. His health must come first," said Sampatrao Ugale, 37, deputy sarpanch of Ralegan Siddhi.
First Published: Dec 28, 2011 23:29 IST