18 August 2011

Ramlila grounds may be Hazare's fast venue

The spacious Ramlila grounds in north Delhi is emerging as the likely venue for Anna Hazare to hold his fast-unto-death for a strong anti-corruption law, informed sources said.

It was likely that Hazare, who has been in Tihar Jail since Tuesday and refused to come out until he is allowed to conduct his protest without any conditions, would be allowed to fast for up to seven days, the sources said.
 Ramlila grounds may be Hazare's fast venue


Prashant Bhushan, senior lawyer and member of the joint drafting committee of the Lokpal bill, told mediapersons outside the jail that Ramlila Grounds was actively being considered.

Whatever the decision, it will be suitable to Hazare and his supporters, he added.

He asked the hundreds of activists gathered outside the jail to keep calm. He also called upon all supporters to gather at India Gate in the heart of the capital for important declarations.

Hazare, 74, imprisoned Tuesday afternoon ahead of his planned fast, was ordered to be released at night. However, he refused to be released till his original demand for undertaking a fast in the city was allowed.

The sources said representatives of the Anna team, including Prashant Bhushan and Kiran Bedi, took part in the negotiations in the jail. Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar also met Hazare.