City BJP activists launched a daylong hunger strike at Azad Maidan


AGITATED over the treatment mete

d out to Baba Ramdev, the local unit of BJP went on hunger strike in protest at Azad Maidan on Sunday evening as a part of its nationwide agitational programme.

Speaking to newsmen, Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse and BJP City president Raj Purohit blasted the UPA government for what they called its antidemocratic handling of the hunger strike by Yoga guru.

They said BJP workers and leaders would join in the nationwide protest, called by the party against the police crackdown upon Baba Ramdev and his followers.

City BJP activists, including BJP Mumbai president Raj Purohit, launched a daylong hunger strike at Azad Maidan from Sunday evening and the same will continue on Monday.

Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly, Eknath Khadse, state BJP leaders Vinod Tawde, Kirit Somaiya, and others would be taking part in the agitation.

Comparing the police crackdown at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi to Jalianwala Bag incident, Purohit said that it is the right of every Indian to raise his voice against corruption.

" We are supporting this agitation and it is not BJPalt39s agitation.

We are following the Gandhian way of dharna", he added.

" Like Baba Ramdev, BJP has been demanding an end to corruption. The way the government has behaved is unfair and it is cheating people… Approximately 700 BJP would join us at Azad Maidan," General Secretary of BJP Mumbai, Vivekanand Gupta, said. Khadse said, " The agitation is against the atrocities committed against Ramdev and his supporters and corruption. We had been raising the issue of bringing back black money since long. Now we want an affirmative action," he said and dubbed the police crackdown as an effort by the government to hide its misdeeds.

Terming the police action on peaceful and unarmed people at Baba Ramdevalt39s hunger strike venue as a " shameful" chapter in Indiaalt39s democracy, BJP earlier accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi of ordering the crackdown.

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