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Hazare to fast at Ramlila Maidan from Friday

Hazare to fast at Ramlila Maidan from Friday
PTI
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First Published: Thu, Aug 18 2011. 02 40 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Aug 18 2011. 02 40 PM IST
New Delhi: Anna Hazare will launch his protest at Ramlila Maidan on Friday as the venue is yet to get readied for the fast and will stay for one more night in Tihar Jail, activist Arvind Kejriwal said.
“I spoke to Annaji. In view of the conditions at Ramlila Maidan, Annaji will reach Ramlila Maidan tomorrow,” Kejriwal said.
Another Hazare associate Kiran Bedi said the Gandhian will not move out of Tihar Jail till he embarks on his journey to Ramlila Maidan to launch the protest.
Hazare reached an agreement with the government on early Thursday morning on the protest venue and the conditions.
As soon as Hazare announced that he would move to Ramlila, MCD which owns the ground deployed around 100 workers to clean the facility but the work was so massive that they could not finish it by the Thursday afternoon as desired by the Gandhian’s team.
Hazare was lodged in Tihar Jail on Tuesday evening after he was detained for going ahead with his plans to defy prohibitory orders at JP Park here. However, he was released later but then he refused to come out of the prison demanding that there should not be any restrictions on his protest.
After hard bargaining for two days, Hazare and the government reached the agreement under which Delhi Police removed all restrictions and allowed him to carry out his hunger strike for 15 days at the spacious Ramlila Maidan.
The breakthrough came after top aides of Hazare met Delhi Police commissioner BK Gupta.
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First Published: Thu, Aug 18 2011. 02 40 PM IST