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Crowds skip Team Anna fast,Ramdev may join today

His goodwill was a far cry from his aides’ belligerence against Pranab.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 27, 2012 12:44:17 am

Baba Ramdev is likely to join the fast platform at Jantar Mantar on Friday,and Anna’s studious refusal to comment on his team’s corruption charges against President Pranab Mukherjee sounded like Hazare was continuing Yoga guru’s contentious “code of conduct” of not naming people. Hazare even had a congratulatory message for Pranab.

“I congratulate Pranab Mukherjee. He has my best wishes. I would not like to talk about corruption charges against him,” Hazare said. His goodwill was a far cry from his aides’ belligerence against Pranab.

The crowd,meanwhile,got thinner on the second day of fast,not even a sizeable contingent from the Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan,carrying banners featuring former Army chief Gen V K Singh,could fill the yawning gaps on the carpet as the peak crowd in the evening reached a mere 2,000. In the morning it was around 600.

RKMS chief V M Singh created a flutter by his suggestion that Anna,Ramdev,Gen Singh and himself should come together on a platform with a common minimum programme and his claim that he has Gen Singh’s assent to say this. When asked if the joint front would fight elections,he said: “Why not?.”

The concern over the thinning crowd was apparent with Kiran Bedi issuing a desperate plea from the stage and on twitter for women to turn up. She even invoked former core Team Anna member-turned-rebel Swami Agnivesh to attract more crowds. Having appealed to “mothers,wives,daughters and neighbours” to be out in their support or be ashamed,at 3 pm Bedi left the venue.

Earlier,she and Shanti Bhusan launched an attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,and Prashant Bhushan and Kumar Vishwas slammed Law Minister Salman Khurshid.

Arvind Kejriwal,who is one of the three people on fast,stayed away for the greater part of the day as he had to attend a court hearing in Bulandshahr.

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