Ramdevalt39s men make Azad Maidan ready

FPJ BureauUpdated: Sunday, June 02, 2019, 09:01 AM IST
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Support for Baba pours in from dabbawallas, farmers, widows from all over state

CHAITANYA MARPAKWAR AND DHARAM DHUTIA Mumbai Mumbaialt39s Azad Maidan might not quite be Delhialt39s famed Ram Leela Maidan but a look at the ongoing p

reparations for Saturdayalt39s alt39 aaamran anshanalt39 by Baba Ramdevalt39s supporters in Mumbai tells a mammoth tale. If the India Against Corruptionalt39s protest at the historic Maidan gave the government sleepless nights, one wonders what Baba Ramdevalt39s protest will do.

Compared to IACalt39s campaign at Azad Maidan, the preparations underway by the Patanjali Yoga Samiti ( PYS) are definitely high profile.

Firstly the scale is much larger, one the first day itself, at least 1000 people are expected to join the alt39 Brashtachar Mitaoalt39 andolan in Mumbai, who will be joined by thousands of supporters across the city. ” We have made all adequate arrangements for seating and other logistics like fans, coolers and medical aid too has been taken care off,” said Suresh Naik, Mumbai Chief of the Patanjali Yoga Samiti ( PYS) leading the agitation.

Unlike Hazarealt39s spontaneous agitation, a lot of planning has gone into this alt39 eventalt39. For the first time in agitation campaigns, a grand LCD scren would be put up at Azad Maidan which will broadcast Baba Ramdevalt39s protest live from New Delhi. ” Yes, the LCD screen will be there and there will be live broadcast so hat supporters can feel that Baba is with them,” Naik adds. Spiritual television Aastha will broadcast Babaalt39s entire agitation from New Delhi.

Organizers claim that over 45 lakh people across the nation have supported the agitation by giving missed call on their toll- free number- 02233081122. Over 70 different organizations have supported them. ” Groups like Air India, taxi union, union of dabbawalas, Arya Samaj have also pledged us support,” said Naik.

” The Bhrastachaar Mitao ( End Corruption) Satyagrahaalt39s demands are proprtionately larger as well. Hazare wanted the Government to junk its draft of the Lokpal Bill and to start afresh with civil society representation. But here, apart from insisting on a stronger Lokpal Bill, Ramdev is asking that all the Indian money lying overseas be declared as national property – an amount that his Bharat Swabhiman Andolan estimates at Rs 400 lakh crore – and brought back home to be used for developmental work,” Abhay Kabra, A Mumbai based Bharat Swabhiman Nyas ( BSN) functionary.

Then, the setup itself is immense. The main tent itself is waterproof and much bigger that Hazarealt39s camp. People walking in will see registration tables to their right. Here volunteers will sit with registration forms that, apart from asking for basic information like name, address and mobile number, also ask if the visitor intends to participate in the fast. And if so, for how many days. Almost spanning the length of the fenced part of the maidan, the tent as will have cutouts of Baba Ramdev as the backand at the far end stands the dias.

Apart from that, organisers informed that there are sufficient toilets and taps dispensing water. How the day unfolds on Saturday for the 51 odd persons fasting, remains to bee seen.

Logistically though they look sound.

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