Anna’s fast: Preparations on in Ramlila ground

August 19th, 2011 - 10:49 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) Preparations were on in full swing at Ramlila ground here where Gandhian activist Anna Hazare will continue his fast for a stronger anti-corruption bill Friday.

Hazare is expected to leave Tihar Jail at 11 a.m. Friday, said his aide Arvind Kejriwal.

A small tent was erected in the sprawling ground, most of which was wet due to the recent rains.

An image of Mahatma Gandhi was placed right behind the stage where Hazare will sit.

The contract for preparing the ground was given to a private firm, which has only readied half of the area till now.

Loudspeakers were in place and bhajans were being played. A mobile toilet and water tanks had been installed.

Anna’s supporters are expected to troop into the Ramlila ground when the activist leaves the Tihar Jail premises.

The ground was dotted with police personnel, volunteers and the media.

Hazare is supposed to visit Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial Rajghat on his way.

Hazare, 74, had planned to begin his fast for a stronger Lokpal Bill at the J.P. Park in the ITO area Tuesday.

Delhi Police imposed certain conditions before the protest could be allowed. Hazare however refused to agree, after which the police detained him and his associates Tuesday.

He was sent to Tihar Jail and was subsequently released Tuesday night, but he refused to leave the prison until he was allowed to carry on the fast without any conditions.

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